a surname derived from the parish of that name in the district of
Stormont, Perthshire. It is the modern orthography of the old Celtic
word cluaine, which signifies a green pasture between woods.
CLUNIE, THE REV.
author of the well-known Scots song, I loe na a laddie but ane, was
born about 1757. He was educated for the Church of Scotland, and after
being licensed to preach the gospel, he became schoolmaster at
Markinch in Fife, and having an excellent voice, he also acted as
precentor. He was afterwards about 1790, ordained minister of the
parish of Borthwick, in Mid Lothian. Burns, in one of his letters to
Mr. Thomson, dated in September 1794, thus celebrates him for his
vocal skill: I am flattered at your adopting Ca the yowes to the
knowes, as it was owing to me that it saw the light. About seven
years ago I was well acquainted with a worthy little fellow of a
clergyman, a Mr. Clunie, who sung it charmingly, and at my request Mr.
Clarke (Stephen Clarke the composer) took it down from his singing.
Mr. Clunie died at Greenend, near Edinburgh, 13th April,