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Postcard of Jane Emma Burns Brown and Jean Armour Burns Brown at Burns House, Dumfries c 1905 (1)

Period:
Early 20th Century
Description:

A colour tinted  postcard from a photograph of two direct descendants of Robert Burns, taken at the doorway of the house in which he died.

 

Jane Emma Burns Brown was the daughter of Robert Burns junior, the poet's eldest son and one of the few members of his family to live in Dumfries. Her daughter, Jean Armour Burns Brown, was said to bear an uncanny resemblance to her famous forebear.

 

Because of this she became something of a celebrity in her own right, touring in Scotland and North America. She was regularly invited to ceremonies and events associated with Robert Burns and occurs in many postcards from  c 1900 onwards.

 

This postcard shows mother and daughter on the steps outside Burns House, Dumfries. It was taken shortly after 1903 when the house was let to the Town Council of Dumfries and the room in which the poet died was opened to the public as a small Burns museum. The remainder of the house was occupied by the Brown family who were employed as caretakers.

Materials/Media:
paper
Dimensions:
width: 137 mm, length: 87 mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
Postcard, BUR / 88
Digital Number:
DMBN040n
Creation Date:
c 1905
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council