Robert Burns?s family moved to Mossgiel Farm near Mauchline in 1784. They had previously had Mount Oliphant and Lochlea farms. Working on the land and observing the customs of rural life inspired some of Robert Burns?s best known work. The family were never very successful farmers, but even the misery the family endured as a result of their infertile land provided stimulation for prose such as `In the character of a ruined Farmer? (1771). Here, Kennedy shows an idyllic view of farm life, with Mossgiel bathed in sunshine.