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The Room Used by Burns In The Globe Tavern, Dumfries

Period:
19th Century
Description:

A steel plate engraving of the upper room in the Globe Inn, Dumfries - Robert Burns' favourite inn.

 

The first centenary of the birth of Robert Burns was commemorated on the 25th of January 1859. The celebrations were instigated by Dumfries Burns Club but the Town Council of Dumfries and townspeople in general combined to make the celebrations an impressive event.

 

This engraving is taken from the report of the events carried by the "Illustrated London News". It shows the upper room in the Globe Inn. When Robert Burns came to live in Dumfries in 1791, the Globe Inn was one of the more fashionable public houses of the town. The landlords at that time were the Hyslop family and Burns soon became a regular customer, mentioning them by name in several poems and letters.

 

In the upstairs bedroom two small window panes still bear inscriptions by the poet, whilst other poems connected with the inn are, "At the Globe Tavern" and "Lines Written on Windows of the Globe Tavern". As the reputation of the Globe Inn as Burn's "howff" in Dumfries grew, it became an attraction for those visiting Burns' haunts in and around the town.

Materials/Media:
paper
Dimensions:
width: 158 mm, length: 100 mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:0199.93
Digital Number:
DMBN215n
Creation Date:
5 February 1859
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council