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Robert Burns

Magic Lantern Slide with Photograph of Burns Walk, Dumfries

Period:
Late 19th Century
Description:

A black and white photographic image of the walk along the east bank of the River Nith from Dumfries.

 

When Robert Burns exchanged the role of farmer for that of Exciseman he moved with his family from Ellisland Farm into a tenement flat in Bank Street, Dumfries. He developed the habit of taking walks along the banks of the River Nith, perhaps to replace the outdoor life he had previously led.

 

In September 1793 he wrote to George Thomson, his publisher, "I walk out, sit down now & then, look out for objects in Nature around me that are in unison or harmony with the cogitations of my fancy & workings of my bosom; humming every now & then the air with the verses I have framed."

 

The walk upstream along the east bank of the river is known to this day as Burns Walk. It has long been an attraction for those visiting Burns' haunts in and around Dumfries; hence its inclusion in a magic lantern show on Burns Country.

Materials/Media:
glass
Dimensions:
width: 82 mm, length: 82 mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
Lantern Slide, DUMFRIES / 21
Digital Number:
DMBN115n
Creation Date:
1880 - 1920
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council