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Bible, bound in 2 halves, which belonged to Highland Mary

Introduction:
Robert Burns (1759-96) Scotland's National Poet was born in a small thatched cottage in Alloway, Ayrshire . In 1786 Burns met Mary Campbell ('Highland Mary', 1763-86) who was a nurse maid to his friend Gavin Hamilton. At this time he was estranged from Jean Armour and he and Mary became acquainted.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT603
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
12cm x 8cm
What:
Bible, bound in 2 halves which belonged to 'Highland Mary'
Subject:
The bibles, which are now on display in the Burns Cottage Museum in Alloway were taken out to Canada after Mary's death. In 1840 they were purchased by a subscription of admirers of the Poet and sent over to the Provost of Ayr who then presented them to the Burns Trustees.
Who:
'Highland Mary' (Mary Campbell) (betrothed to Robert Burns, poet)
Robert Burns (poet)
Jean Armour Burns (wife of the poet)
Gavin Hamilton (friend of the poet)
When:
1786
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The bibles, which are now on display in the Burns Cottage Museum in Alloway were taken out to Canada after Mary's death. In 1840 they were purchased by a subscription of admirers of the Poet and sent over to the Provost of Ayr who then presented them to the Burns Trustees.
Description:
The bible (in 2 halves) were given to Mary by Burns on their betrothal on the banks of the Ayr as a token of their fidelity. Burns and Mary planned to emigrate to Jamaica and went home to Greenock to prepare for the journey. She contracted a fever and died. Burns was inconsolable for a great time after.