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Toddy rummer, Royal Dumfries Volunteers

Period:
18th Century
Description:

This large toddy rummer is engraved with a crown above initials "R D V" [Royal Dumfries Volunteers] and bears the emblem of Dumfries - St Michael above a slain dragon. It came from the Officers Mess.

 

The Royal Dumfries Volunteers were founded in 1795 to counter the threat from post revolutionary France.  Robert Burns, whose loyalty to Great Britain had been called into question by his support for the French revolutionaries, joined immediately.  He had also lost the friendship of Mrs Dunlop, an Edinburgh correspondent, because of his political leanings, and he now sent a song, "The Dumfries Volunteers" to her.  This song became popular throughout Britain. 

Materials/Media:
glass
Dimensions:
height 150mm, diameter (top) 105mm, (base) 80mm
Source:
Robert Burns Centre
Accession number:
DUMFM:0198.116
Digital Number:
BCBN075n
Creation Date:
c1795
Copyright:
Dumfries Burns Club