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Printed calendar entitled 'Bobbie Burns and Highland Mary', 1916

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'Bobbie Burns and Highland Mary', 1916

Introduction:
Robert Burns first met Mary Campbell in Mauchline where she was employed as nursemaid in the home of his friend, Gavin Hamilton. The details of their relationship are uncertain but it is thought that they 'pledged their troth' to one another by an exchange of Bibles and that Burns intended that she accompany him to Jamaica.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
232
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 580 mm, width: 440 mm
What:
Printed calendar entitled 'Bobbie Burns and Highland Mary', 1916
Subject:
The tragic story of Robert Burns' lost love captured the imagination of his followers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and romantic scenes featuring the poet and 'Highland Mary', so called because her family were from Argyle, were popular at the time. This calendar was printed for a local grocer to be given as a gift to his customers. Most households would have some prints to decorate the walls by the early 20th century.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (representation)
Gavin Hamilton (1753-1805) (friend of Burns)
Alexander Pollock (Grocer, Wine and Spirit Merchant, Townhead, Lochmaben) (distributer)
Smith and Ritchie Limited (Edinburgh) (printer)
Highland Mary Campbell (1763-1786) (representation)
When:
1915 (printed)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The tragic story of Robert Burns' lost love captured the imagination of his followers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and romantic scenes featuring the poet and 'Highland Mary', so called because her family were from Argyle, were popular at the time. This calendar was printed for a local grocer to be given as a gift to his customers. Most households would have some prints to decorate the walls by the early 20th century.
Description:
She died in October 1786 at Greenock, whilst waiting for Burns to complete the arrangements for their emigration. Again the cause of her death is obscure, possibly it was the result of a fever, possibly it was due to the premature birth of Burns' child.