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Print entitled 'Burns Cottage, Ayr', c 1920

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Burns Cottage, Alloway, near Ayr, c 1920

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, had built this cottage with its whitewashed clay walls and thatched roof with his own hands.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
226
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 114 mm, width: 166 mm
What:
Print entitled 'Burns Cottage, Ayr', c 1920
Subject:
This etching of the cottage was made in the first part of the 20th century when Burns' birthplace had become an established landmark. It shows how the low thatched cottage became incorporated in later developments along the main street of the village.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (his birthplace)
William Burnes (1721-1784) (father of the poet, Robert Burns) (he lived here)
Agnes Broun (1732-1820) (mother of the poet, Robert Burns) (she lived here)
Alex R Gibson (artist)
When:
c 1920
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This etching of the cottage was made in the first part of the 20th century when Burns' birthplace had become an established landmark. It shows how the low thatched cottage became incorporated in later developments along the main street of the village.
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.