The Merry Muses of Caledonia/My Auntie Jean


Tune—"John Anderson, my jo."

This fragment is attributed to Burns. In a letter to Samuel Brown, Ballochneil, Kirkoswald (his mother's half-brother), dated May, 1788, he refers to the "Ailsa fowling season," and asks him to procure for him "three or four stones of feathers."

My auntie Jean held to the shore,
As Ailsa boats cam' back;
And she has coft a feather bed
For twenty and a plack;
And in it she wan fifty mark,
Before a towmond sped;
O! what a noble bargain
Was auntie Jeanie's bed.