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Horsburghs Scotland Epitaph

Of four and twenty years of age here lies
The apparent chief of two old families.
The Horsburgh of that Ilk, and Tait of Pirn,
Lies in one person in his isle and urn;
A man of courage, strength and comely feature,
Of a good temper and oblidging nature.

The Horsburghs of that Ilk, of Pirn House, were a prominent Border family. During his tour of the Borders in 1787, Robert Burns took tea with the family at their home on the Gala Water. The house has long since been demolished and the Horsburghs died out in the male line in 1911. Gravestone at ruined Kailzie church, Peeblesshire, Scotland.

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