The Black Bull Inn, Moffat
Burns was an admirer of Deborah Davies, a beautiful but petite relative of the Riddells. Once while he was at Moffat he saw her ride past, accompanied by a tall and portly lady. Someone asked him why God had one lady so large and Miss Davies so small. He replied with this epigram which he carved on the window of the Black Bull Inn.
Ask why God made the gem so small,
And why so huge the granite?-
Because God meant mankind should set
That higher value on it.

The Nearby Moffat Museum, housed in a mid 19th century bakery has exhibitions on the rise of Moffat as an Edwardian spa.


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