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Robert Burns

Key to Robert Burns' Mausoleum

Period:
19th Century
Description:

When Robert Burns died in 1796, he was buried in a quiet corner of St Michael's Kirkyard, Dumfries, his grave marked with a plain stone slab.  Admirers of his work, seeking to visit his grave had difficulty in finding it.

 

In 1813, his friend, John Syme, launched an appeal to build a mausoleum in his honour.  One of the subscribers was the Prince Regent, later George IV.  The building was designed by T F Hunt, a London architect.  The sculptor, Peter Turnerelli was commissioned to produce a statue of Burns at the plough with his muse throwing her inspiring mantle over him.  On 19th September 1815, Burns' body was exhumed and placed in the mausoleum.

Materials/Media:
metal, white metal
Dimensions:
length 138mm, width 52mm
Source:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries
Accession number:
DUMFM:0198.415
Digital Number:
BHBN081n
Creation Date:
19 September 1815
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council