I was in Kilmarnock on Saturday the 22nd July 2017 to explore Sidderybrae and Asloss.
In preparation for a film about the Laird who first recognised brilliance in Rabbie Burns.
In Kilmarnock Churchyard I spotted a relief of a young man on an otherwise insignificant monument. I was drawn to his representation.
Underneath the relief of James Woodburn Dunlop, who died aged “19 years and 6 months” was this quote by Milton:
“So Lycidas, sunk low, but mounted high,
Through the dear might of him that walk’d the waves”
This was poem written for Edward King, a fellow-student of Milton’s at Cambridge, and also an aspiring poet, who had drowned.