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Bible or reading chair from Burns House (1)

Introduction:
This simple oak and pine chair dates from the late 18th century and is part of the furnishings of the main bedroom in Robert Burns' last home in Burns Street, Dumfries. It is typical of the style of domestic furniture which his family would have owned.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:0198.298
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Wood, oak; wood, pine (seat)
Dimensions:
Height: 1070 mm; width (seat): 580 mm; depth (seat): 470 mm
What:
Chair, armchair
Subject:
The chair has a small flat surface extending from the right arm, hence Bible chair, as the candle which it supported allowed the user to read in the evenings.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (associated)
When:
Late 18th century
Where:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The chair has a small flat surface extending from the right arm, hence Bible chair, as the candle which it supported allowed the user to read in the evenings.
Description:
Robert Burns and his family moved into this house in May 1793. The house had a parlour, kitchen, two bedrooms and was well furnished and comfortable. The bedroom had a box bed and a small cast iron fireplace. The floor was of wood, carpeted with rugs.