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

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

Introduction:
This photograph taken in 1999 is of the back of the thatched birthplace of Scotland's national poet. The only door seen at the back of the Cottage leads from the Byre through the Barn out to the Kaleyard where Agnes Burns will have grown the vegetables needed to support the family.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT1001.01
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Stone, clay & thatch
Dimensions:
75ft long, 18ft wide, 16ft high
What:
Rear View of Burns Cottage, Alloway - the birthplace of Robert Burns, 1999
Subject:
The plot had belonged to a Dr Campbell of Ayr and William Burnes lived here until he was persuaded in 1766 by Provost Ferguson of Ayr to give up his nursery and become overseer of his lands, moving to a leased farm at Mount Oliphant with a loan of ¶œ100 to buy stock.
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:
The plot had belonged to a Dr Campbell of Ayr and William Burnes lived here until he was persuaded in 1766 by Provost Ferguson of Ayr to give up his nursery and become overseer of his lands, moving to a leased farm at Mount Oliphant with a loan of ¶œ100 to buy stock.
Description:
William Burnes the poet's father took a feu of this seven acre plot in 1757 in Alloway, which he called 'The New Gardens'. Here he cultivated a market garden, building the Cottage with his own hands and later kept a few milking cows for the family needs.