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Judge and JuristEssays in Memory of Lord Rodger of Earlsferry$
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Andrew Burrows, David Johnston, QC, and Reinhard Zimmermann

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677344

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677344.001.0001

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Ae Fond Kiss: A Private Matter?

Ae Fond Kiss: A Private Matter?

(p.473) 37 Ae Fond Kiss: A Private Matter?
Judge and Jurist

Hector L MacQueen

Oxford University Press

One of Alan Rodger's lesser-known accomplishments was after-dinner speaking. This included giving speeches at Burns Suppers, the annual events at which Scots all over the world celebrate the anniversary of the birth of their national bard on 25 January 1759. In line with the reputation of Robert Burns, these suppers tend to be bacchanalian affairs, with recitals from the poetry and speeches leading on to toasts plus selections from the songs of the Bard. This chapter describes a case involving Robert Burns and the love of his life, Clarinda. On 16 May 1804, the Court of Session decided to prohibit the continued publication of personal letters written by Burns to Clarinda. The letters had been published in a slim pocket-sized volume in spring 1802, whereupon proceedings were commenced in November by the holders of Burns' copyright and, subsequently, his family.

Keywords:   Alan Rodger, after-dinner speaking, Burns Suppers, Bard

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