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Robert Burns

Burns's Cottage, Alloway

Period:
19th Century
Description:

"Burns's Cottage", a steel plate engraving from a painting by D O Hill RSA, of the village where Robert Burns was born.

 

Robert Burns was born at Alloway near Ayr on the 25th January 1759, the eldest of seven children of Agnes and William Burnes. His father was a market gardener, who having acquired a small holding of land, had built this cottage with its whitewashed clay walls and thatched roof with his own hands.

 

The poet's father sold the cottage in 1781 and it was used as a public house until May 1881. By this time it had become a place of pilgrimage for Burns enthusiasts from around the world. It was purchased for £4,000 by the Trustees of the Burns Monument and opened to the public.

 

This view of Alloway was published in "The Land of Burns - A series of Landscapes and Portraits, Illustrative of the Life and Writings of the Scottish Poet". This was published in 1846 by Blackie and Son of Glasgow. At this time the development of steel plate engraving made it possible for images to be reproduced in much greater numbers than previous printing technology had allowed. Books such as this one, illustrated by engravings of works by eminent artists, became popular, although they were still expensive and beyond the pocket of most people.

Materials/Media:
paper
Dimensions:
width: 140 mm, length: 92 mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DMBN183n
Digital Number:
DMBN183n
Creation Date:
1846
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council