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'Alloway Kirk', 1846

Introduction:
Robert Burns was born at Alloway near Ayr on the 25th January 1759, the eldest of seven children of Agnes and William Burnes. His father was a market gardener, who having acquired a small holding of land, had built a cottage in the village.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
156
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 90 mm, width: 139 mm
What:
Print entitled 'Alloway Kirk'
Subject:
This view of Alloway church was published in 'The Land of Burns - A series of Landscapes and Portraits, Illustrative of the Life and Writings of the Scottish Poet'. This was published in 1846 by Blackie and Son of Glasgow. At this time the development of steel plate engraving made it possible for images to be reproduced in much greater numbers than previous printing technology had allowed. Books such as this one, illustrated by engravings of works by eminent artists became popular, although they were still expensive and beyond the pocket of most people.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (he wrote poem about)
Agnes Broun (1732-1820) (mother of the poet, Robert Burns)
William Burnes (1721-1784) (father of the poet, Robert Burns)
Douglas Graham of Shanter (1739-1811)(prototype for Tam O'Shanter) (character in poem)
Captain Francis Grose (1731?-1791) (published poem about)
Robert Chambers (1802-1871) (author)
Professor Wilson (author)
W and D Duncan (Glasgow) (printer)
Blackie and Son (Queen Street, Glasgow) (publisher)
W Forrest (engraver)
David Octavius Hill RA (1802-1870) (artist)
When:
1846
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This view of Alloway church was published in 'The Land of Burns - A series of Landscapes and Portraits, Illustrative of the Life and Writings of the Scottish Poet'. This was published in 1846 by Blackie and Son of Glasgow. At this time the development of steel plate engraving made it possible for images to be reproduced in much greater numbers than previous printing technology had allowed. Books such as this one, illustrated by engravings of works by eminent artists became popular, although they were still expensive and beyond the pocket of most people.
Description:
Burns wrote the poem, 'Tam O'Shanter' as a 'witch story' to accompany the illustration of Alloway Kirk which was published by his friend, Captain Francis Grose in his 'Antiquities of Scotland'. They were both impressed by the atmosphere of the old church.