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Coffee Cup which belonged to 'Clarinda'

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. In 1786 after the first publication of his poems Burns travelled to Edinburgh. In the capital he befriended a society lady Mrs. Agnes McLehose ('Clarinda').
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT461
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
China
Dimensions:
8cm x 7cm
Subject:
The coffee cup on display in Burns Cottage Museum was presented by C.K Sharpe to Mrs. J. G. Craig in 1842. His signed attestation is on a slip attached to it.
Who:
'Clarinda' (Mrs. Agnes McLehose) (friend of Robert Burns)
Robert Burns (poet)
When:
1780-1800 approx.
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The coffee cup on display in Burns Cottage Museum was presented by C.K Sharpe to Mrs. J. G. Craig in 1842. His signed attestation is on a slip attached to it.
Description:
The coffee cup on display was used by 'Clarinda', She was unable to further her relationship with Burns as she was still married, even though her husband had left her to go to Jamaica. Burns and 'Clarinda' corresponded, he being known to her as 'Sylvander'.