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Jean Armour

The Holy Bible, which belonged to Jean Armour Burns

18th Century

This small edition of The Bible belonged to Jean Armour, the wife of the poet, Robert Burns. Her signature, "Jean Burns" is on the title page.  It is dated 1794, when she would have been 29 years old.


Jean Armour was the daughter of a master mason of Mauchline.  She first met Robert Burns at Mauchline in 1784, after his family had settled at Mossgiel, near to the town.  The actual date of their marriage is not known.  They had nine children, only three of whom survived into adulthood.


After Robert Burns' death in 1796, Jean continued to live in the family home in Burns Street, Dumfries.  She remained there until her own death in 1834.


Included with the bible are these two letters of authentication, one of which is a valuation from 1934, of two guineas.

paper, leather
length 170mm, width 105mm
Robert Burns House, Dumfries
Accession number:
Digital Number:
BHBN016n, BHBN009a/b
Creation Date:
Dumfries & Galloway Council

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