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Bowl which belonged to Jean Armour Burns

Introduction:
This fine china bowl was used by Robert Burns and his family during the time they lived in Burns House, Dumfries. Jean Armour Burns, the poet's widow, later gave it to James Adair, the Excise Officer who took over Burns' duties after his death in 1796.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:0198.372
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Ceramic
Dimensions:
Height: 100 mm; diameter (rim): 235 mm; diameter (foot): 146 mm
What:
Bowl
Subject:
Jean Armour Burns continued to live in the family home. She remained there for the rest of her life and by the time of her own death in 1834, the house had become a place of pilgrimage and relics of Robert Burns were treasured and preserved.
Who:
James Adair (successor to Robert Burns as Excise Officer in the Dumfries Division) (given to him by Jean Armour Burns)
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (given to James Adair by his wife Jean Armour Burns)
Jean Armour Burns (1765 - 1834) (given by her to James Adair the successor of Robert Burns as Excise Officer in the Dumfries Division when he departed Dumfries)
When:
Late 18th century
Where:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
Jean Armour Burns continued to live in the family home. She remained there for the rest of her life and by the time of her own death in 1834, the house had become a place of pilgrimage and relics of Robert Burns were treasured and preserved.
Description:
Adair had taken lodgings with the Burns family, and on his departure from the town, Jean gave him this bowl, remarking that she now had nothing left worth giving away except herself.