Sweet Afton by Robert Burns
Rivers are made up of countless components that interrelate with each other – the tributaries, the stones, the kingfisher all work in coexistence. The river can also be an idea and has been at the centre of our collective human consciousness for as long as we have walked along their banks, caught their fish and drank their waters. People’s lives have also been built along our rivers over generations, their stories, words and ideas constantly flowing and evolving. The Nith is no different.
The most famous words come from the poet Rabbie Burns who wrote about one of the Nith’s tributaries, the Afton: