Epitaph On My Ever Honoured Father
An epitaph Burns writes on his Father which was included along with a number of other Epitaphs in the Kilmarnock edition of his poems. In this Epitaph Burns draws attention to his Father's virtues as a loving husband, tender Father and generous friend. He reflects on his humanity and vice less habits with few failings. He then acknowledges that the last line he has used is from Goldsmith's "Deserted Village". Burnes, William (1721 — 84) died at Lochlie Farm, Tarbolton. Burns and his family brought his Father's remains to Alloway kirkyard as he had always intended since moving to that parish. The headstone of his grave has this epitaph carved into the reverse side.
- Goldsmith, "Deserted Village". — R. B.