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Photograph of Burns Mausoleum, Dumfries, c 1850

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Burns Mausoleum, Dumfries, c 1850

Introduction:
Robert Burns was originally buried in a simple grave, marked only by a plain stone slab. In 1803 when Dorothy and William Wordsworth visited Dumfries they had difficulty in even finding the grave. Burns' admirers came to believe that this was an insufficient memorial to the poet.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
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Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 155 mm, width: 113 mm
What:
Photograph of Burns Mausoleum, Dumfries, c 1850
Subject:
This is the earliest known photographic image of the mausoleum. In it are Robert Burns junior and Colonel William Nicol Burns, sons of the poet and Thomas Aird his friend and fellow writer.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (his burial place)
King George IV (1762-1830) (subscriber to Mausoleum fund)
Dorothy Wordsworth (1771-1855) (visited Burns grave)
William Wordsworth (1770-1850) (visited Burns grave)
Thomas Frederick Hunt (1791-1831) (architect of Mausoleum)
John Syme (1755-1831) (set up Mausoleum fund)
Robert Burns (1786-1857) (son of the poet, Robert Burns) (representation)
Thomas Aird (1802-1876) (friend of the poet, Robert Burns) (representation)
William Nicol Burns (1791-1872) (son of the poet, Robert Burns) (representation)
When:
c 1850
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This is the earliest known photographic image of the mausoleum. In it are Robert Burns junior and Colonel William Nicol Burns, sons of the poet and Thomas Aird his friend and fellow writer.
Description:
In 1813 his friend, John Syme formed a committee and launched an appeal to build a mausoleum in his memory. One of the subscribers was the Prince Regent, later George IV. After a public advertisement, over 50 designs were received and the plans of T F Hunt, a London architect were approved.