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Cane belonging to Robert Burns - his 'Wangee Rod'

Introduction:
Robert Burns (1759-96) Scotland's National Poet was born in a small thatched 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 in Dumfries of heart disease aged only 37 years.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT226
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Wood
Dimensions:
95cm
What:
Cane with gilt head belonging to Robert Burns - his 'Wangee Rod'
Subject:
The Wangee Rod is on display in Burns Cottage Museum, Alloway.
Who:
Robert Burns (poet)
Mrs. Frances Anna Dunlop (friend and patron of Burns)
When:
1790
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The Wangee Rod is on display in Burns Cottage Museum, Alloway.
Description:
The 'Wangee Rod' which belonged to Burns is a form of walking stick. It is mentioned in a letter he wrote in November 1790 from Ellisland Farm, Dumfries to his friend Mrs. Dunlop. It reads '... I seized my gilt headed Wangee Rod, an instrument indispensably necessary, in my left hand.. .. '