A letter from Robert Burns goes on display at the National Library on 25 January to mark Burns Day.
Written in 1786 to one of the poet's oldest friends, the letter has not been seen in public for more than 100 years. In it Burns thanks William Niven 'with the most heart-felt sincerity' for a social encounter with 'a worthy knot of lads'.
Burns wrote the letter not long after the publication of his 'Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect'. At the time he was considering emigrating to Jamaica, but the success of his volume of poems made him change his mind.
23 January 2018