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'Burns' Mausoleum Dumfries', 1878

Introduction:
In the years following his death, Robert Burns' admirers came to believe that his simple grave was an insufficient memorial to the poet. In 1813, 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.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
144
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 110 mm, width: 160 mm
What:
Print entitled 'Burns Mausoleum, Dumfries'
Subject:
The National Burns, edited by Rev. George Gilfillan was published by William Mackenzie of Glasgow and contained, 'The airs of all the songs and an original life of Burns by the editor', it was also illustrated throughout, both by engraved plates and within the text. It was published in 15 parts, costing two shillings each making it an affordable way for people to purchase the complete works of Robert Burns.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (biography of)
John Syme (1755-1831) (set up Mausoleum fund)
King George IV (1762-1830) (subscriber to Mausoleum fund)
Thomas Frederick Hunt (1791-1831) (architect of Mausoleum)
S Bradshaw (engraver)
J Ramage (artist)
William MacKenzie (Glasgow, Edinburgh, London) (publisher and printer)
Reverend George Gilfillan (1813-1878) (editor)
When:
1878
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The National Burns, edited by Rev. George Gilfillan was published by William Mackenzie of Glasgow and contained, 'The airs of all the songs and an original life of Burns by the editor', it was also illustrated throughout, both by engraved plates and within the text. It was published in 15 parts, costing two shillings each making it an affordable way for people to purchase the complete works of Robert Burns.
Description:
Burns Mausoleum became a place of pilgrimage for visitors to Dumfries. This view of the mausoleum is engraved from a painting by J Ramage and was published in 'The National Burns'.