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Robert Burns

Masonic apron, a gift from Robert Burns to John Gordon of Kenmuir

Period:
18th Century
Description:

Robert Burns gave this masonic apron to John Gordon, Viscount Kenmure on his visit to Kenmuir Castle during the tour of Galloway which he and his friend, John Syme, undertoook in 1793.  The visit inspired Burns to write "Scots Wha Hae".

 

During the last quarter of the 18th century, Freemasonry was at the height of its popularity.  Burns became a Mason in 1781 and remained actively involved throughout his life.  Many of his most influential connections were made through Freemasonry.  In 1791, when he moved to Dumfries, Burns became a member of St Andrew's Lodge No 179 and he last visited this lodge three months before his death.

Materials/Media:
leather, textile, ribbon
Dimensions:
length 750mm, width 560mm
Source:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries
Accession number:
DUMFM:0198.419
Digital Number:
BHBN087n
Creation Date:
c1793
Copyright:
Dumfries Burns Club