Robert Tannahill

(1774—1810) songwriter

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born in Paisley, became an apprenticed handloom weaver to his father. At 17 he paid homage to Burns in Ayrshire and was inspired to write his first song ‘My Ain Kind Dearie O’. From 1805 his work began to appear in newspapers and journals. He published by subscription Poems and Songs (1807) but, aggrieved at having a revised edition declined by a publisher, he burnt his manuscript and drowned himself in a culvert near Paisley.

Subjects: Literature.

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