Lodge Canongate Kilwinning No 2

A Visiting Brother

It was intended to introduce into the painting Gavin Turnbull, a contemporary of Burns, who Burns acknowledges as "an old friend of mine". In 1789, he published from the press of David Niven, a Glasgow publisher, his Poetical Essays. This book included a poem, 'The Bard', inscribed to Mr R(obert) B(urns). Burns, incidentally, had some difficulty in transmitting the money for five of the six copies he distributed of the book by his 'brother Poet'.