Rare Burns' collection bought for £2 donated to Fife library

Cassie Kennedy with the copy of The National Burns

A book of Burns' poetry worth hundreds of pounds is being donated to a Fife library, after being bought at a charity book sale for £2.

'The National Burns' by Reverend George Gilfillan was first published in 1893, nearly a century after Scottish bard Robert Burns died.

Auther Cassie Kennedy stumbled across the rare edition at the Samaritans book sale in Kirkcaldy's Mercat shopping centre. 

It is now being offered out by Carnegie Library in Dunfermline to students and researchers.

She said: "I’m delighted that The National Burns has found its way home. 

"I was immediately drawn to the book and knew I had to buy it. 

"I can’t believe a £2 charity book has found its way into the Murison Burns collection – it’s a story I’d write myself."

The rare tome can fetch upto £150 online.

Sara Ann Kelly, the Local Studies Officer at ONFife Archives, said: "We are extremely pleased that Cassie has chosen to donate The National Burns to us. 

"Having another copy of this historic book in our library will allow us to make this particular text in the Murison Burns collection more accessible to researchers and students, meaning copies of the books can be leant out to other libraries and used in projects with schools and colleges."

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