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Box bed from Burns House

Introduction:
This simple pine box bed 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:1961.84
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Wood, pine
Dimensions:
Height: 2050 mm; width: 1850 mm; depth: 1250 mm
What:
Bed, box bed
Subject:
It was well furnished and comfortable with a carpet and long case clock in the parlour. The bedroom was furnished with a box bed and the small cast iron fireplace had a sandstone chimney piece. The floor was of wood, carpeted with rugs.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (associated)
When:
Late 18th century
Where:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
It was well furnished and comfortable with a carpet and long case clock in the parlour. The bedroom was furnished with a box bed and the small cast iron fireplace had a sandstone chimney piece. The floor was of wood, carpeted with rugs.
Description:
Robert Burns and his family moved into this house in May 1793. Their standard of living was good and they employed a maid servant. The house had a parlour, kitchen, two bedrooms and even a small study where Burns could write.