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The Hermitage at Friars' Carse, Dumfries

Period:
19th Century
Description:

A monochrome photographic print of the summer house, or "Hermitage" on the estate of Friars' Carse where Robert Burns wrote.

 

Robert Burns' neighbour at Ellisland was Robert Riddell of Friars' Carse, a country estate upstream from the farm. Recognising Burns' talent, Riddell offered him the use of the summer house on the estate in which to meditate and write, away from the demands of the farm.

 

It was here that Burns composed the poem beginning, "Thou whom chance may hither lead" as a tribute to Robert Riddell and their growing friendship. After Riddell's death the Hermitage was allowed to fall into ruin although it was restored in 1874, perhaps because of its connections with the poet.

 

This photograph has been taken a few years after this restoration. The romantic nature of the building, designed by Riddell to reflect the monastery which originally occupied the estate made it an attraction for those visiting Burns' haunts in and around Dumfries.

Materials/Media:
paper
Dimensions:
width: 160 mm, length: 113 mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
Photograph, PEOPLE, Robert Burns / 3
Digital Number:
DMBN064n
Creation Date:
1882
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council