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Burns

Robert Burns

The House Burns died in, Dumfries. Photographic Views of Dumfries and Neighbourhood, Kings Arms Hotel

Period:
19th Century
Description:

Robert Burns and his family moved into this house in May 1793.  Their standard of living was good and they employed a maid servant.  It was well furnished with a carpet and long case clock in the parlour.  The house had a parlour, kitchen, two bedrooms and even a small study where Burns could write.

 

It was in this house that Burns spent the last years of his life.  He died here in 1796 at the age of just thirty seven.  The house is now a museum and gives us a picture of how the poet and his family lived in the late eighteenth century.  You can see his desk and chair in the study where he wrote his best known poems, copies of the famous Kilmarnock and Edinburgh editions of his work, and many original manuscripts.

 

This photograph is from an album presented to the Kings Arms Hotel by local businesses in Dumfries and Maxwelltown.  The businesses placed advertisements in the album.

Materials/Media:
paper
Dimensions:
width 200mm, height 131mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:2006.3.3.24
Digital Number:
DMPG065n
Creation Date:
1 January 1889
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council