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Photograph of Burns Walk by the River Nith, 1999

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Burns Walk in Autumn, 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:
198
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
What:
Photograph of Burns Walk by the River Nith, 1999
Subject:
The walk upstream along the east bank of the river is known to this day as Burns Walk. It has long been an attraction for those visiting Burns' haunts in and around Dumfries.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (he walked here)
George Thomson (1757-1851) (publisher)
When:
1999
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The walk upstream along the east bank of the river is known to this day as Burns Walk. It has long been an attraction for those visiting Burns' haunts in and around Dumfries.
Description:
In September 1793 he wrote to George Thomson, his publisher, 'I walk out, sit down now & then, look out for objects in Nature around me that are in unison or harmony with the cogitations of my fancy & workings of my bosom; humming every now & then the air with the verses I have framed'.