Burns could not have attained the status he has so long enjoyed, were it not for the fact that he was surrounded by remarkable women.
Peggy Thompson, whose memory is preserved in Now Westlin Winds and Slaught’ring Guns
Jean Armour, Burns only bride who bore him two (2) sets of twins, before their wedding,
His love of the lassies in his life flows through his poetry from the age of 14 right up until his death.
To Miss Ainslie at church after the congregation was given a roasting by the minister about sinning. At the end of the service Burns wrote on the inside cover in her bible the following:
"Fair maid, you need not take the hint,
"Tho' I were doom'd to wander on
Please raise your glass with me as we toast the lassies.
TO THE LASSIES!
Dick Silvester is director of the Halifax Burns Club Awfiest Choir and a former president of the club. He gave this toast to the Lassies at the Annual Burns Supper in 2012.