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Significant Scots
Robert Hay Carnie


Robert Hay Carnie
March 28th, 1928 to Sept 8, 2007

Professor Emeritus Bob Carnie passed away peacefully in his sleep on September 8, 2007 in Calgary Alberta Canada after a long battle with illness. He leaves behind his loving and beloved wife of 50 years, Jean; three children: Morag, Fiona and Andrew; and sisters: Isabel, Ruby, and May in Scotland.

Bob was born in Dundee Scotland, where he attended the Morgan Academy. He received an MA in English and Philosophy and a PhD in English literature from the University of St. Andrews. He taught and researched 18th century Scottish literature, bibliographic studies, book cover design, the Scottish book trade, and the works of Samuel Johnson, James Hogg, and Robert Burns. Loved by his students, he taught at Bedford College London, Queens College at the University of St. Andrews, the University of Ife in Nigeria, the University of Dundee, and for twenty years at the University of Calgary. At the University of Calgary, Bob served in the president's office as Secretary of the General Faculties Council. He was the editor of the journal Abstracts in English Studies. He was also the author of numerous articles and pamphlets and wrote the beautiful Burns Illustrated, published by the Calgary Burns Club.

Bob was an avid golfer, fisherman and sports fan. He loved to listen to the music of Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. But his greatest passion, apart from his bonnie Jean, was collecting signed decorative book bindings. His extensive collection was donated to the University of Calgary in 2006. Bob was the bard, distinguished life member and past president of the Calgary Burns Club and a life member and frequent speaker at the Schiehallion Scottish Society.

Bob was a man who believed that compassion, justice and truth come from within us all, that learning and knowledge are the greatest achievements of civilization and that things of beauty are worth our time and attention even if they have no monetary value. His gentle loving nature, wisdom and wit will be
greatly missed by his family.

The Carnie family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. Vincy Yam and Dr. Han Friesen. Our greatest thanks to our dearest Danielle, who has become part of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the GARP program at Rockyview General Hospital.

All friends are invited to a celebration of Bob's life to be held at Sierras West, 6868 Sierra Morena Blvd. SW on Wed Sept 12th, at 2pm.

Patrick Scott
Director of Special Collections,
Thomas Cooper Library,
& Professor of English,
University of South Carolina,
Columbia, SC 29208, USA.
Tel: 803-777-1275
Fax: 803-777-4661, attn Dr Scott
E-mail: scottp@gwm.sc.edu

Robert H. Carnie's Burns books include:

A fine facsimile of the Kilmarnock edition:
Poems, chiefly in the Scottish dialect , printed on handmade paper and issued in wrappers like the original Kilmarnock edition, with an accompanying pamphlet about the Kilmarnock edition (1986).

A selection of papers from the Federation meeting in Calgary:
The life and works of Robert Burns : some 20th century perspectives / papers delivered at the annual conference The Burns Federation (1993).

An annotated guide to studying Burns:
Burns 200 : 200 items central to the study of Robert Burns, a guide for Burnsians (1996)

A book on Burns illustrations:
Burns illustrated : a short study of selected illustrations (1795-1925) of the poems and songs of Robert Burns  (2000)


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