'The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley'*
'The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley'*
'The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley'*

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This carving depicts Robert Burns at the plough having disturbed the nest of a mouse in the stubble. It represents a scene which inspired Burns to write his famous poem 'To a Mouse' in 1785. Burns' livelihood and creative inspiration depended on his close connection with the landscape around him. This inspired the enduring image of Robert Burns as the 'Ploughman Poet'.

National Trust for Scotland, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Ayr

Title

'The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley'*

Date

1900

Medium

wood

Accession number

3.t12

Work type

Relief

Inscription description

The best laid schemes o mice an men / Gang aft a gley

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National Trust for Scotland, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Murdoch's Lone, Alloway, Ayr, South Ayrshire KA7 4PQ Scotland

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