Burns tribute to Galloway river goes under the hammer

The original handwritten lyrics of the Roberts Burns song The Banks of the Cree have been purchased by Sir Tom Hunter's foundation for £27,750.

Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 3:15 pm
The manuscript for the Banks of the Cree sold for more than double the guide price
The manuscript for the Banks of the Cree sold for more than double the guide price

Burns wrote the words in 1794 to accompany a tune composed by Lady Elizabeth Heron, wife of Kirkudbright MP and landowner Patrick Heron.

The manuscript was found in an album which came from Denston Hall in Suffolk, and put under the hammer at Bonhams’, more than doubling the £12,000 guide price.

Sir Tom said: “I’m delighted that Burns exceptional work, The Banks of the Cree is not just staying in the UK, its coming home to Scotland, where in due course it will be made available for all to enjoy.”