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John Rankine Scotland Epitaph

John Rankine (died 1810), a man of coarse good humour, farmed Adamhill, near Tarbolton. A friend of Burns in his Lochlea days.

Ae day, as Death, that gruesome earl,
Was driving to the tither warl'
A mixtie-maxtie motley squad,
And mony a guilt-bespotted lad;
Black gowns of each denomination,
And thieves of every rank and station,
From him that wears the star and garter,
To him that wintles in a halter:
Ashamed himself to see the wretches,
He mutters, glowrin' at the bitches,
'By God, I'll not be seen behint them,
Nor 'mang the sp'ritual core present them,
Without, at least, ae honest man,
To grace this damn'd infernal clan!'
By Adamhill a glance he threw,
'Lord God!' quoth he, 'I have it now,
There's just the man I want, i' faith!'
And quickly stoppit Rankine's breath.

- wintles in a baiter, waves to and fro hanging from a gallows
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