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Bark from a tree at Ellisland Farm, Dumfries

Introduction:
This fragment of bark carved 'R Burns 1791' is reputedly from a tree felled at Ellisland farm, near Dumfries.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:0198.343
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Wood, bark
Dimensions:
Length: 250 mm; width: 360 mm
What:
Bark, fragment of
Subject:
It may be that Burns carved his name on the tree prior to his departure to serve as be a reminder in future years of the time he spent there.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (inscribed his name on a tree at Ellisland Farm)
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (inscribed his name on a tree at Ellisland Farm)
When:
1791
Where:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
It may be that Burns carved his name on the tree prior to his departure to serve as be a reminder in future years of the time he spent there.
Description:
Burns took up the tenancy of Ellisland in June 1788. The farm was neglected and had not been subject to the improved methods of farming which were then current. Despite considerable efforts, the farm proved a bad bargain and Burns left it in 1791.