Allan Ramsay and Robert Burns

Burns was highly influenced by Ramsay's use of Scots in his poetry. In a letter to James Hoy (6 November 1787), Burns writes of Ramsay: "There is I know not what of wild happiness of thought and expression peculiarly beautiful in the old Scottish song style, of which his Grace, old venerable Skinner, the author of Tullochgorum, &c., and the late Ross at Lochlee of true Scottish poetic memory, are the only modern instances that I recollect, since Ramsay with his contemporaries, and poor Bob Ferguson, went to the World of deathless existence and truly immortal song.