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Burns Mausoleum and St Michael's Churchyard on the Centenary of Robert Burns' Death

20th Century

A monochrome photographic print of the mausoleum in St Michael's Churchyard, taken from a vantage point in the church tower.


The first centenary of Robert Burns' death was marked on the 21st July 1896. The centenary of the poet's birth in 1859 had been a memorable occasion for the townspeople of Dumfries and the events of 1896 were no less imposing.


The organisers included Sir Robert Threshie Reid MP, later Lord Loreburn who was President of Dumfries Burns Club, and the Earl of Rosebery. Joseph Johnstone Glover, the Provost of Dumfries was chairman of the organising committee. Lord Rosebery took a leading role in the days proceedings and delivered "a memorable oration on the Bard".


This photograph has been taken from high in the clock tower of St Michael's Church. It shows the mausoleum decorated with garlands and the  wreath laying ceremony taking place before a large crowd gathered in the churchyard.

width: 280 mm, length: 223 mm
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
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Photograph, PEOPLE, Robert Burns / Outsize Box 1
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Creation Date:
21 July 1896
Dumfries & Galloway Council