Show Navigation

Living room of Burns Cottage, Alloway - the birthplace of Robert Burns, 1999

Back

View Large Image

Burns Cottage, Alloway - the birthplace of Robert Burns - interior view of the Living room

Introduction:
This photograph taken in 1999 is of the living room in Burns Cottage in Alloway, the thatched birthplace of Scotland's national poet. Robert Burns the first born of William Burnes's seven children spent his first seven years here. William had a seven acre plot beside the Cottage which he called 'The New Gardens'.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT1001.03
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Stone, clay & thatch
Dimensions:
13ft x 14ft
What:
Living room of Burns Cottage, Alloway - the birthplace of Robert Burns, 1999
Subject:
In 1900 the Burns Monument Trustees restored the Cottage to closer to the condition it would have been in when the Burns family moved out in 1766. 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:
1756
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
In 1900 the Burns Monument Trustees restored the Cottage to closer to the condition it would have been in when the Burns family moved out in 1766. Further restoration was conducted by the Trust in 1993 to give a more exact representation of the 1766 conditions.
Description:
This room was the original 'Ben' of the two rooms first built comprising the living area and main bedroom. The fire grate now seen in the room was said to have come from the farm at Ellisland when occupied by the poet and later presented to the Trustees.