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Jane Emma Burns, Mrs Brown, and Jean Armour Burns Brown, Robert Burns' grand daughter and great grand daughter

19th Century

A sepia toned monochrome photographic print on a cabinet card by  Moryson of Dumfries from an album belonging to Dr T B Grierson of Thornhill.


Jane Emma Burns, Mrs Brown, was the daughter of Robert Burns junior, the poet's eldest son. In later life he had four children with Emma Bland of Dumfries, although they did not marry. Jane Emma Burns was their third child and one of the few members of the Burns family who continued to live in Dumfries. Her eldest daughter, Jean Armour Burns Brown, was said to bear an uncanny resemblance to her famous forebear.


This cabinet card is originally from the collection of Dr Thomas Boyle Grierson of Thornhill, whose father, William Grierson, was a friend and supporter of Robert Burns. Dr Grierson was a prominent local antiquarian and member of the Burns movement in the later part of the nineteenth century.


Cabinet cards were almost always made from studio portraits. They were produced to be sold or exchanged and were collected in elaborate albums, specially made for the purpose, often with window mounts to display the cards.

width: 106 mm, length: 146 mm
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
Cabinet Card, Grierson Album, A and B / 2
Digital Number:
Creation Date:
c 1880
Dumfries & Galloway Council

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