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Postcard of Burns Mausoleum, Dumfries

Period:
20th Century
Description:

This is a photographic postcard of the mausoleum in St Michael's churchyard, Dumfries. It illustrates Burns Mausoleum in the early years of the twentieth century, with visitors viewing the grave of the poet. It was posted in January 1905.

 

In the years following his death, Robert Burns' admirers came to believe that his simple grave was an insufficient memorial to the poet.  In 1813, John Syme formed a committee and launched an appeal to build a mausoleum in his memory.  One of the subscribers was the Prince Regent, later George IV.

 

After a public advertisement, over 50 designs were received and the plans of T F Hunt, a London architect were approved.  The statuary group within the mausoleum was designed and worked by Peter Turnerelli.  It depicts Burns' own conception of "Coila", representing the Ayrshire district of Kyle where he was born, throwing her inspiring mantle over the poet as he works at the plough.

Materials/Media:
paper
Dimensions:
length 91mm, width 137mm
Source:
Robert Burns Centre
Accession number:
BUR/239
Digital Number:
BCBN044a
Creation Date:
c1904
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council