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Robert Burns

Magic Lantern Slide with Photograph of Robert Burns junior

Period:
Late 19th Century
Description:

"Robert Burns, Eldest son of poet", a black and white photographic image of Robert Burns junior.

 

Robert Burns first met his wife, Jean Armour, in Mauchline in 1784, shortly after his family moved to the farm of Mossgiel close to the town. The date of their marriage is unclear and their relationship was opposed by her parents, but on the third of September 1776 she gave birth to twins, Robert and Jean.

 

His twin sister died in infancy and by the time of his father's death in 1796 Robert Burns junior was the eldest of a family of five surviving children. He was educated at Dumfries Grammar School and at Glasgow and Edinburgh University.

 

He obtained a position in the Stamp Office in London and retired to Dumfries in 1833. He tried his hand at writing verse but did not demonstrate his father's genius. In some accounts of his life he is presented as a rather dissipate figure, trading on his father's memory.

Materials/Media:
glass
Dimensions:
width: 82 mm, length: 82 mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
Lantern Slide, PEOPLE, Robert Burns / 73
Digital Number:
DMBN123n
Creation Date:
1880 - 1920
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council