Canongate Stars and Stories
an illuminated literary walk
through Edinburgh’s Old Town
The pair had a long-standing correspondence of stylised romantic letters under the pseudonyms ‘Sylvander’ and ‘Clarinda.’ Their relationship concluded with Burns’s final letter to Mrs MacLehose in December of 1791, which includes the famous song ‘Ae fond kiss.’
Agnes MacLehose was buried in Canongate Kirkyard with a memorial featuring only her silhouette and the name ‘Clarinda.’
Clarinda’s café, a popular cosy teashop of the area, is named in her honour.
Ae Fond Kiss– Robert Burns
Pinning It Down
The Author: Robert Burns
He recorded and preserved hundreds of Scottish folk songs, making him one of Scotland’s most important lyricists.
Did You Know?
The letter now resides at the National Library of Scotland.
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