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Robert Burns

Burns Mausoleum Dumfries, 1878

19th Century

A steel plate engraving of the musoleum erected in Robert Burns' memory in St Michael's Churchyard, Dumfries.


In the years following his death, Robert Burns' admirers came to believe that his simple grave was an insufficient memorial to the poet. In 1813,  John Syme formed a committee and launched an appeal to build a mausoleum in his memory. One of the subscribers was the Prince Regent, later George IV. After a public advertisement, over 50 designs were received and the plans of T F Hunt, a London architect were approved.


Burns Mausoleum became a place of pilgrimage for visitors to Dumfries. This view of the mausoleum  is engraved  from a painting by J Ramage and was published in "The National Burns".


"The National Burns", edited by Rev. George Gilfillan was published by William Mackenzie of Glasgow and contained "The airs of all the songs and an original life of Burns by the editor". It was also illustrated throughout, both by engraved plates and within the text. It was published in 15 parts, costing two shillings each making it an affordable way for people to purchase the complete works of Robert Burns.

width: 160 mm, length: 110 mm
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1983.66.15 [The National Burns, Part 7]
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Dumfries & Galloway Council