Drafts and related notes for Graves's 'Toast to the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns'

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The file contains ms and ts notes and drafts of Graves's speech for Scottish Television's Burns Supper. The speech covers Graves's Scottish ancestry through the Cheyne family, the Scottish poet William Dunbar, the English and Scottish royal families, court poets, Burns's life and poetry, Biblical law concerning marriage, a comparison between Burns and Byron, Burns's patron Henry Erskine, the connections between freemasonry and Sufism, and the songs of Lady Nairne.


The file contains a certain amount of incomplete and fragmentary material, as well as notes compiled by others, making the chronology and composition of the drafts sometimes unclear.


Canelluñ Collection number: CC0043

This refers to the arrangement of the papers in Robert Graves’ study before they were transferred to the College.

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