"The Complete Works of Robert Burns" with memoir by William Gunnyon.1873. page 125."The Banks of the Devon". "These verses," says Burns, in his notes in the Musical Museum, "were composed on a charming girl, Miss Charlotte Hamilton, who is now married to James M. Adair, physician.She is a sister to my worthy friend, Gavin Hamilton of Mauchline, and was born on the banks of the Ayr; but was, at the time I wrote these lines, residing at Harvieston, in Clackmannanshire, on the romantic banks of the little river Devon." The poet, it has been said, wished to be something more than a mere admirer of this young lady; but "Meg was deaf as Ailsa Craig;" for the music of his lyre appears to have fallen on ears that would not charm.
page 257: He writes a letter to his friend Gavin Hamilton (he wrote a number to him) and talked about Charlotte. There was a note from the author under this letter - "Miss Charlotte Hamilton was celebrated by Burns in his charming song, "The Banks of the Devon."She became the wife of Dr. Adair, physician in Harrowgate.