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Photograph of Burns Walk by the River Nith, Lincluden, 1999

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Burns Walk at Lincluden Abbey, Dumfries

Introduction:
When Robert Burns exchanged the role of farmer for that of Exciseman he moved with his family from Ellisland Farm into a tenement flat in Bank Street, Dumfries. He developed the habit of taking walks along the banks of the River Nith, perhaps to replace the outdoor life he had previously led.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
187
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
What:
Photograph of Burns Walk by the River Nith, Lincluden, 1999
Subject:
It was here that Burns wrote the song, 'Ca the Yowes to the Knowes', which features the Cluden and Lincluden Abbey. In September 1794 he wrote to George Thomson, his publisher, 'In a solitary stroll which I took today, I tried my hand on a few pastoral lines. Here it is'.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (he walked here)
George Thomson (1757-1851) (publisher)
When:
1999
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
It was here that Burns wrote the song, 'Ca the Yowes to the Knowes', which features the Cluden and Lincluden Abbey. In September 1794 he wrote to George Thomson, his publisher, 'In a solitary stroll which I took today, I tried my hand on a few pastoral lines. Here it is'.
Description:
Lincluden Abbey, a picturesque medieval ruin close to the town captured the poet's imagination. It is situated on rising ground above the Cluden Water, a tributary which joins the west bank of the River Nith.