Lodge Canongate Kilwinning No 2

William Cruikshankd 1795

Teacher of the The High School

William Cruickshank like William Nicol was a teacher of Latin at the High School. On his return from his northern tour, Burns lived with the Cruikshank family in No 2 St James's Square from Autumn 1787 until his departure from the capital in February 1788. Their 12 year old daughter Jane, or Jeany, caught Burns's affection and for her he wrote 'The Rosebud', and 'Beauteous Rosebud, young and gay'.  Burns wrote a kindly epitaph on Cruikshank:


"His fau'ts they a' in Latin lay,
In English name e'er kent them."