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Postcard of House in which Burns died, Dumfries

Period:
20th Century
Description:

It was in this ordinary house in a quiet back street of Dumfries that Robert Burns spent the last three years of his life.  The family moved into the house in May 1793.  The house had a parlour, kitchen, two bedrooms and even a small study where Burns could write.  It was well furnished with a carpet and a long case clock in the parlour.

 

Robert Burns died here on 21 July 1796, although his wife, Jean Armour Burns continued to live in the house until her own death in 1834.  The house was purchased in 1851 by their son, Colonel William Nicol Burns and throughout the 19th century it became a place of pilgrimage for Burns enthusiasts from around the world.

 

In 1935 Burns House was restored and opened as a museum.

Materials/Media:
paper
Dimensions:
length 88mm, width 139mm
Source:
Robert Burns Centre
Accession number:
BUR/240
Digital Number:
BCBN045n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council