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Bible or reading chair from Burns House

Introduction:
This simple oak chair dates from the late 18th century and is part of the furnishings of the kitchen 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:0198.289
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Wood, oak; wood, pine (seat)
Dimensions:
Height: 1120 mm width (seat): 565 mm depth (seat): 500 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 and two bedrooms and was well furnished and comfortable. The kitchen had a flagged sandstone floor, wall press and a fireplace range for cooking.