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DEATH OF A GRANDDAUGHTER OF BURNS.

A correspondent writes to the Glasgow Herald:—" Many people in Glasgow and all over the West of Scotland would observe with surprise and regret the announcement of the death of Margaret Thomson, granddaughter of Robert Burns, and widow of David Wingate, at the residence of her brother, Mr James Thomson, Woodside place, Crossmyloof. David Wingate, so well known as the foremost of those poets who wrote in the pure Doric, was twice married. His first wife was Janet Craig, Pollokshawg, who was the mother of all his children, and a model of a homely Scotchwoman. Her mother, as it happened, was the sister of Mr John Thomson, who married Betty, or Elizabeth, Borns's daoghter, so that Margaret Thomson, the second Mrs Wingate, was a fall coasin of the first. We are not quite sore, but we have a vague recollection that Mr Wingate's second marriage was due to a hint dropped in the ear of the poet by bis dying wife Janet. At all events, Janet died at Cambuslang in 1878, and three years after, in 1881, Mr Wingate married Margaret Thomson, and so became the husband of the daughter of Betty, who was the daughter of Burns, by Anne Park, niece of Mrs Hyslop, of the Globe Tavern, Dumfries. ; Mrs Wiugate possessed qualities which in I some measure recalled the character and | genius of her grandfather. She was very ■ handsome, and bad the dark, flashing.eye of '. the bard, whom she resembled also in a I distinct gift, less oE hnmour than of wit, i which flashed out with readiness and precision. Before the death of her father and mother the cottage at Shawlands where they lived was frequently visited by people from all parts of Britain and from other countries, who wished to look upon the face of the daughter of the great poet. They were always satisfied, for Mrs Thomson recalled ia a more marked degree than any of her portraits tha strong features of her father. We are speaking of a time, over 30 years ago., when we looked upon the kindly and serious old face which carried us back to the great yet tragic days of Dumfries. But the -visitors saw someone else besides Burns's daughter. This was Maggie Thomson, his granddaughter, who, if she had not the poetic gift, was endowed in a remarkable degrea with a genius for music. She sang like a lark, and few experts we have heard could surpass her in singing and interpreting the songs of her grandfather. We can imagine how charmed the bard would have been had he beard the lyric voice.. The interest in Margaret Thomson did not cease after she became Mrs I Wingate. Visitors still sought her out, eager [to look upon the authentic faca of one .so I famously coanected. A few years before Mr j Wiogate died several gentleman from ManI Chester having toured all though the High- | lauds still folr, unsatisfied, and refused to go ! home without visiting the Wingates at Mount 'Cottage, TeSlcross. Tha visit was in some degree memorable. They were delighted with Mrs Wingate's singing; and one of the Englishmen, who was himself a rhymer, astonished the household by reciting some of Burns's poams in the purest native Doric. When Mr Wingata died in 1892, and ineffectual attempt was made to have the poet's pension continued to his-widow, but instead she received a handsome gift; from the Crown. Now she also has passed into the silent land, and those who knew her will locg remember the blithe fa.es and the musical voice that recalled so vividly the man who was the glory of the Scottish nation."

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DEATH OF A GRANDDAUGHTER OF BURNS., Otago Daily Times, Issue 10695, 9 January 1897

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DEATH OF A GRANDDAUGHTER OF BURNS. Otago Daily Times, Issue 10695, 9 January 1897

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