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Burns Second Common-Place Book in Manuscript (folio)

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Burns Second Common-Place Book

Introduction:
Robert Burns (1759-96) Scotland's National Poet was born in a small cottage in Alloway, Ayrshire the son of a market gardener who feued 7 acres locally. During a short period the farmer poet composed a wealth of songs and poems. He died of heart disease in Dumfries aged 37 years.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT190
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
40cm x 20cm
What:
Burns Second Common-Place Book in Manuscript (folio)
Subject:
The volume which is bound in half-calf, with marbled paper sides is on display in Burns Cottage Museum Alloway.
Who:
Robert Burns (poet)
Dr. James Currie (biographer of the poet)
When:
1783-85
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The volume which is bound in half-calf, with marbled paper sides is on display in Burns Cottage Museum Alloway.
Description:
This is the second of 2 common-place books of the Poet. It begins in Edinburgh, April 9th. 1787 and the last entry was made probably in 1790. The pages contain prose and poetry in the hand of Burns. Portions of the contents were first printed by Dr. James Currie in his edition of Burns' works in 1800.