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Burns Mausoleum, Dumfries with a wreath preserved in ice, c 1900

Introduction:
Robert Burns was originally buried in St Michael's Churchyard, Dumfries, in a simple grave, marked only by a plain stone slab. His admirers came to believe that this was an insufficient memorial to the poet. 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. The mausoleum was completed in September 1817.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
38
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 295 mm, width: 244 mm
What:
Photograph of man with Burns Wreath frozen in ice, 1896
Subject:
Local newspaper reports make reference to wreaths preserved in blocks of ice containing fresh flowers and foliage from Australia and North America being sent by Burns Clubs from overseas.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (his burial place)
King George IV (1762-1830) (subscriber to Mausoleum fund)
John Syme (1755-1831) (set up Mausoleum fund)
When:
c 1900
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
Local newspaper reports make reference to wreaths preserved in blocks of ice containing fresh flowers and foliage from Australia and North America being sent by Burns Clubs from overseas.
Description:
The ceremony of laying of wreaths at the mausoleum was observed throughout the 19th century and formed part of the celebrations of the first and second centenaries of his birth and death. It is still an important element of the rituals of Burns' birthday today and many distinguished visitors to the town place wreaths on his grave as part of the programme of their visit.