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Engraved copy of Painting of Robert Burns and Highland Mary by Midwood

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Copy of Midwood painting of 'Burns and Highland Mary' in open frame

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. Burns the farmer poet wrote a wealth of songs and poems in a short period of time and died in Dumfries of heart disease aged only 37 years.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT1327
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
55cm x 74cm
What:
Engraved copy of Painting of Robert Burns and Highland Mary by Midwood
Subject:
The original oil painting by W.H. Midwood was painted in 1864 and currently hangs in the museum of Burns' birthplace in Alloway. A great deal of mystery even today surrounds the story of the poet and 'Highland Mary'.
Who:
Robert Burns (poet)
W.H. Midwood (artist)
'Highland Mary' Campbell (Robert Burns' betrothed)
When:
1864
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The original oil painting by W.H. Midwood was painted in 1864 and currently hangs in the museum of Burns' birthplace in Alloway. A great deal of mystery even today surrounds the story of the poet and 'Highland Mary'.
Description:
This engraving depicts Burns on the banks of the Fail burn in Ayrshire who is seen being betrothed to Mary Campbell, a servant. In the picture they are seen exchanging bibles. They planned to emigrate to Jamaica but she contracted a fever and died in 1786 and was buried in a Greenock Churchyard. She was one of Burns' great loves.