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Carte de visite of Burns Cottage, Alloway, c 1870

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Burns Cottage, Alloway, c 1870

Introduction:
Robert Burns was born at Alloway near Ayr on the 25th January 1759, the eldest of seven children of Agnes and William Burnes. His father was a market gardener, who having acquired a small holding of land and had built this cottage with its whitewashed clay walls and thatched roof with his own hands.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
112
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 94 mm, width: 59 mm
What:
Carte de visite of Burns Cottage, Alloway, c 1870
Subject:
Carte de visite cards were produced to be sold or exchanged and were collected in elaborate albums, specially made for the purpose, often with window mounts to display the cards. This carte de visite card dates from the 1870s when they were at the height of their popularity.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (his birthplace)
William Burnes (1721-1784) (father of the poet, Robert Burns) (built by)
Agnes Broun (1732-1820) (mother of the poet, Robert Burns) (she lived here)
John Humphrey (127 King Street, Kilmarnock) (photographer)
When:
c 1870
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
Carte de visite cards were produced to be sold or exchanged and were collected in elaborate albums, specially made for the purpose, often with window mounts to display the cards. This carte de visite card dates from the 1870s when they were at the height of their popularity.
Description:
The poet's father sold the cottage in 1781 and it was used as a public house until May 1881. By this time it had become a place of pilgrimage for Burns enthusiasts from around the world. It was purchased for ¶œ4,000 by the Trustees of the Burns Monument and opened to the public.