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Photograph of Burns Mausoleum, Dumfries, 21 July 1896

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Burns Mausoleum, Dumfries on the Centenary of Robert Burns Death, 1896 (1)

Introduction:
The first centenary of Robert Burns death was marked on the 21st July 1896. The centenary of the poet's birth in 1859 had been a memorable occasion for the townspeople of Dumfries and the events of 1896 were no less imposing.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
10
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 223 mm, width: 280 mm
What:
Photograph of Burns Mausoleum, Dumfries, 21 July 1896
Subject:
This photograph has been taken from high in the clock tower of St Michael's Church. It shows the mausoleum decorated with garlands and the wreath laying ceremony taking place before a large crowd gathered in the churchyard.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (his burial place)
Sir Robert Threshie Reid (Lord Loreburn) (1846-1923) (organiser of Burns Centenary celebrations)
Archibald Philip Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery (1847-1929) (speaker at Burns Centenary celebrations)
Joseph Johnstone Glover (Dumfries Provost) (representation)
When:
21 July 1896
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This photograph has been taken from high in the clock tower of St Michael's Church. It shows the mausoleum decorated with garlands and the wreath laying ceremony taking place before a large crowd gathered in the churchyard.
Description:
The organisers included Sir Robert Threshie Reid MP, later Lord Loreburn who was President of Dumfries Burns Club and the Earl of Rosebery. Joseph Johnstone Glover, the Provost of Dumfries was chairman of the organising committee. Lord Rosebery took a leading role in the days proceedings and delivered 'a memorable oration on the Bard'.