Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect
First edition cover, circa 1786.
|Genre||Poetry and Lyrics|
|Publisher||John Wilson of Kilmarnock|
Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, commonly known as the Kilmarnock Edition, is a collection of poetry by Robert Burns, first printed and issued by John Wilson of Kilmarnock on 31 July 1786. It was the first published edition of Burns' work. It cost 3 shillings and 612 copies were printed. The volume was dedicated to Gavin Hamilton. The Kilmarnock volume contained, besides satire, a number of poems like "Halloween" (written in 1785), "The Twa Dogs" and "The Cotter's Saturday Night", which are vividly descriptive of the Scots peasant life with which he was most familiar; and a group like "Puir Mailie" and "To a Mouse", which, in the tenderness of their treatment of animals, revealed one of the most attractive sides of Burns' personality.
Six of the original manuscript versions of the poems from the book are in the possession of the Irvine Burns Club.
A miniature facsimile issued in a protective case with a magnifying glass in the 1890s and was of benefit to troops in the trenches in World War I due to its protective case and convenient size.
In 1787 Burns travelled to Edinburgh with the intention of organizing a second edition and, after being introduced to publisher William Creech and printer William Smellie, 3,000 copies of the Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (Edinburgh Edition) were published in April 1787.
- The Twa Dogs
- Scotch Drink
- The Author's earnest cry and prayer, to the right honorable and honorable, the Scotch representatives in the House of Commons
- Address to the Diel
- The Death and dying words of Poor Maillie
- Poor Mallie's elergy
- To J. S****
- A Dream
- The Vision
- The auld Farmer's new-year-morning Salutation, to his auld Mare, Maggy, on giving her the accustomed ripp of Corn to hansel in the new year
- The Cotter's Saturday Night
- To A Mouse
- Epiftle to Davie
- The Lament
- Despondency, an Ode.
- Man was made to mourn, a Dirge
- Winter, a Dirge
- A Prayer in the prospect of Death
- To a Mountain-Daisy,on turnip one down, with the Plough, in April, 1786,
- To Ruin
- Epistle to a young Friend
- On a Scotch Bard gone to the West Indies
- A Dedication to G. H. Esq
- To a Louse, on feeing one on a Lady's bonnet at Church
- Epiftle to J. L*****k, an old Scotch Bard
- To the same
- to W. S*****n, Ochiltree
- to J. R******^ enclosing some Poems
- Song, It was upon a Lammas night
- Song, Now westlin winds, and flaught'ring guns
- Song, From thee, Eliza, I must go
- The Farewell
- Epitaphs and Epigrams
- A Bard's Epitaph
- Address to the Deil
- To a Mountain Daisy
- Epitaph for James Smith
- Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (Edinburgh Edition)
- Robert Burns World Federation
- Burns Clubs
- Poems by David Sillar
- Glenriddell Manuscripts
- Digitised copy of Poems, chiefly in the Scottish dialect from the Kilmarnock edition printed by John Wilson (1786) from National Library of Scotland. JPEG, PDF, XML versions.
- Corpus of Modern Scottish Writing digital versions of the Kilmarnock edition
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