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Front View of Burns Cottage, Alloway - the birthplace of Robert Burns, 1999

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Burns Cottage, Alloway - the birthplace of Robert Burns - front view

Introduction:
This photograph taken in 1999 is of the front of Burns Cottage in Alloway, the thatched birthplace of Scotland's national poet. Robert Burns the first born of William Burnes's seven children spent the first seven years of his life here. William feued this seven acre plot which became the site of the Cottage.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT1001
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Stone, clay & thatch
Dimensions:
75ft long, 18ft wide, 16ft high
What:
Front View of Burns Cottage, Alloway - the birthplace of Robert Burns, 1999
Subject:
In 1900 the Trustees removed the extensions and restored the Cottage to closer to the conditions it would have been in when the Burns family moved out. Further restoration was conducted by the Trust in 1993 to give a more exact representation of the 1766 conditions.
Who:
Robert Burns (poet)
Burns Monument Trust (owners)
William Burnes (builder & father of poet)
When:
1999
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
In 1900 the Trustees removed the extensions and restored the Cottage to closer to the conditions it would have been in when the Burns family moved out. Further restoration was conducted by the Trust in 1993 to give a more exact representation of the 1766 conditions.
Description:
William left the Cottage in 1766 to farm at Mount Oliphant and let the Cottage to various tenants until in 1781 he sold it to the Incorporation of Shoemakers in Ayr. They used the Cottage as an ale-house, extending it to accommodate that activity until in 1881 when it was purchased for ¶œ4000 by the Burns Monument Trustees.