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Box (wooden) made from the bedstead in which Burns died

Introduction:
Robert Burns (1759-96) Scotland's National Poet was born in a small thatched cottage in Alloway, Ayrshire the son of a market gardener who feued 7 acres locally. During a short period the farmer poet composed a wealth of songs and poems which are still sung and read around the world to this day.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT267
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Wood and silver
Dimensions:
10cm x 6cm
What:
Box (wooden) made from part of the bedstead in which Burns died
Subject:
This box is now on display with many other Burns relics in his birthplace at Burns Cottage, Alloway.
Who:
Robert Burns (poet)
When:
Early 1800's
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
This box is now on display with many other Burns relics in his birthplace at Burns Cottage, Alloway.
Description:
The wooden box with engraved silver plate is made from part of the bedstead of the bed in which the Poet died in Dumfries on 21st. July 1796. The Poet who was only 37 years old died of heart disease (endocarditis) induced by the rheumatic fever he contracted as a child.