of the land began to be mightily displeased at the conduct of the Com

Giselle Montane whickered at skuld.no
Sun Mar 28 04:10:49 UTC 2010

Nd the roof under-drawn, so that an air of comfort was imparted. In
almost every

nook of this room were to be seen the initials and names of visitors
cut into the wood, and the places appended to some
of the names indicated foreign

visitors. The walls were completely filled with these "carvings" and

writings. I more than once looked round for a little space to put Bill
o' th' Hoylus End's initials, but to no purpose--every available inch
was taken up with those of my predecessors. A portrait
in oils of Burns,
said to have been done by Allan Cunningham, one of the bard's friends,
occupied a prominent place in the room. This picture, in keeping with
the general appearance of the room, was covered with

initials and names. A few minutes' walk from the cottage,
and situated on a slight eminence commanding a fine view, stands the
Burns' Monument, a beautiful Grecian edifice. In the surrounding
grounds--which are handsomely laid out--is a little building which
contains Thom's statues of "Tam o' Shanter and

Souter Johnny." The Auld Brig o'
Doon and Alloway Kirk are not far away. On ascending the steps leading
into the churchyard the first grave is that of the poet's father,
William Burns. An epitaph in the tombstone, written by Bobby Burns,
reads:-- Here lies an honest man at rest, As e'er God with His
image blest; The friend of man, the friend of truth, The guide of age,
the guide of youth. Few hearts like his in
warmed; Few heads with knowledge so informed:-- If there
be another world, he lives in bliss, If there be none, he made the best
of this. Going further into the old kirkyard,

one sees the graves of many of the bard's friends, whom he has
immortalised in verse. At the farther

end, close to the river
Doon, stands the ancie
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