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What if… Robert Burns had left Scotland?

Prospect's counter-factual column

A statue of Burns in Kilmarnock. © summonedbyfells

Sickened by the third of his public reproaches for fornication on 6th August 1786, and facing financial ruin, Robert Burns planned to emigrate just days later. Fleeing from his future wife’s family and from his entanglements in Scotland, he had arranged to sail with a Captain Smith aboard the Nancy, a ship bound from Greenock to Savanna la Mar in western Jamaica.

The poet had arranged to serve as assistant overseer on a slave…

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