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The poems of Robert Burns written during his time at Ellisland Farm.

During his stay at Ellisland Farm, Robert Burns produced some 130 ~ about a quarter ~ of his songs and poems, and 230 of his 700 letters.

Collated here is a complete list of the poems that Burns wrote during the happiest years of his life.

1791 Lament Of Mary, Queen Of Scots, On The Approach Of Spring
A Grace After Dinner, Extempore
A Grace Before Dinner, Extempore
A Mother’s Lament For the Death of Her Son.
A New Psalm For The Chapel Of Kilmarnock
A Waukrife Minnie
Address To The Shade Of Thomson
Ae Fond Kiss, And Then We Sever
Altho’ He Has Left Me
Anna, Thy Charms
Auld Lang Syne
Awa’ Whigs, Awa’
Behold The Hour, The Boat, Arrive
Beware O’ Bonie Ann
Ca’ The Yowes To The Knowes
Caledonia -A Ballad
Carle, An The King Come
Clarinda, Mistress Of My Soul
Craigieburn Wood
Damon And Sylvia
Delia, An Ode
Divine Service In The Kirk Of Lamington
Duncan Davison
Election Ballad
Election Ballad For Westerha’
Elegy On Captain Matthew Henderson
Elegy On The Late Miss Burnet Of Monboddo
Elegy On The Year 1788
Elegy On Willie Nicol’s Mare
Epigram At Brownhill Inn
Epigram On Francis Grose The Antiquary
Epigram On Miss Davies
Epistle To Dr. Blacklock
Epistle To Hugh Parker
Epistle To James Tennant Of Glenconner
Epistle To John Maxwell, ESQ., Of Terraughty
Epistle To Robert Graham, Esq., Of Fintry
Extemporaneous Effusion
Frae The Friends And Land I Love
Go On, Sweet Bird, And Sooth My Care
Gudewife, Count The Lawin
Hey, The Dusty Miller
Highland Harry Back Again
How Long And Dreary Is The Night
I Gaed A Waefu’ Gate Yestreen
I Hae a Wife O’ My Ain
I Hae Been At Crookieden
I Love My Love In Secret
I Murder Hate
I Reign In Jeanie’s Bosom
I’m O’er Young To Marry Yet
Impromptu Lines To Captain Riddell
It Is Na, Jean, Thy Bonie Face

Jamie, Come Try Me
John Anderson, My Jo
Johnie Lad, Cock Up Your Beaver
Lament For James, Earl Of Glencairn
Lines Sent To Sir John Whiteford, Bart
Lines To A Gentleman,
Lines To John M’Murdo, Esq. Of Drumlanrig
Lines Written In Friars’-Carse Hermitage
Love In The Guise Of Friendship
Lovely Polly Stewart
M’Pherson’s Farewell
My Bonie Bell
My Bonie Mary
My Eppie Adair
My Eppie Macnab
My Heart’s In The Highlands
My Hoggie
My Love, She’s But A Lassie Yet
My Native Land Sae Far Awa
My Tocher’s The Jewel
Nithsdale’s Welcome Hame
O For Ane An’ Twenty, Tam
O Kenmure’s On And Awa, Willie
O May, Thy Morn
O, Were I On Parnassus Hill
Ode On The Departed Regency Bill
Ode, Sacred To The Memory Of Mrs. Oswald Of Auchencruive
Of A’ The Airts The Wind Can Blaw
On A Bank Of Flowers
On Glenriddell’s Fox Breaking His Chain
On The Birth Of A Posthumous Child
On The Late Captain Grose’s Peregrinations Thro’ Scotland
Out Over The Forth
Pegasus At Wanlockhead
Poem On Pastoral Poetry
Poem On Sensibility
Presentation Stanzas To Correspondents
Prologue Spoken At The Theatre Of Dumfries
Raving Winds Around Her Blowing
Robin Shure In Hairst
Sappho Redivivus
Scots’ Prologue For Mr. Sutherland
Second Epistle To Robert Graham, ESQ., Of Fintry
She’s Fair And Fause
Sketch -New Year’s Day
Sketch In Verse
Sonnet On Receiving A Favour
Stay My Charmer
Such A Parcel Of Rogues In A Nation
Sweet Afton
Sweet Tibbie Dunbar
Talk Of Him That’s Far Awa

Tam Glen
Tam o’ Shanter
The Banks O’ Doon
The Banks Of Nith
The Battle Of Sherramuir
The Bonie Lad That’s Far Awa
The Bonie Wee Thing
The Braes O’ Killiecrankie
The Captain’s Lady
The Captive Ribband
The Charms Of Lovely Davies
The Chevalier’s Lament
The Day Returns
The Epitaph
The Fall Of The Leaf
The Fete Champetre
The Five Carlins
The Gallant Weaver
The Gard’ner Wi’ His Paidle
The Gowden Locks Of Anna
The Henpecked Husband
The Keekin’-Glass
The Kirk Of Scotland’s Alarm
The Lad They Ca’Jumpin John
The Laddie’s Dear Sel’
The Parting Kiss
The Poet’s Progress
The Posie
The Song Of Death
The Toadeater
The Whistle -A Ballad
The Wounded Hare
There’ll Never Be Peace Till Jamie Comes Hame
Thou Fair Eliza
Thou Gloomy December
To Alex. Cunningham, ESQ., Writer
To Daunton Me
To Mary In Heaven
To The Weavers Gin Ye Go
Up In The Morning Early
Verses On Captain Grose
Verses To Clarinda
Versicles On Sign-Posts
What Can A Young Lassie Do Wi’ An Auld Man
Whistle O’er The Lave O’t
Willie Brew’d A Peck O’ Maut
Written In Friars Carse Hermitage
Ye Jacobites By Name
You’re Welcome, Willie Stewart
Young Jockie Was The Blythest Lad

Visitor Information


Burns Poetry

Some of Robert Burns’ best-loved nature poems were inspired by the tranquil setting of Ellisland Farm. Transcripts of the poems and songs written by Burns at Ellisland Farm.

Painting of Ellisland Farm


Burns experienced his most creative and fruitful years here at Ellisland. He found great poetic inspiration in the beauty of the surrounding countryside, the various people he met and the events he witnessed whilst living here.


Burns Attractions

Ellisland Farm is conveniently situated on the road between Robert Burns' birthplace in Alloway and his final resting place at St Michael's Cemetery in Dumfries.

Burns Attractions


There is so much to see at Ellisland Farm, so please allow at least an hour for a short visit and two to three hours for a full visit. We're a short, 5 mile drive from the centre of nearby Dumfries, just off the A76.