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Cup made from a coconut shell which belonged to Robert Burns

Introduction:
This decoratively carved cup made from the shell of a coconut was given to Robert Burns by Jock Dickson of Dumfries. Perhaps unimpressed by the gift, Burns later gave it to a Miss Dickson.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:0198.370
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Plant, coconut shell
Dimensions:
Cup - height: 85 mm; diameter (rim): 73 mm
What:
Cup, coconut
Subject:
The cup had at some time acquired a fine box decorated with marquetry. It is one of the relics of Burns which has been preserved in Burns House, Dumfries.
Who:
Jock Brodie (Dumfries) (given by him to Robert Burns)
Miss Dickson (given by her to Captain Cassady, her nephew)
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (given to him by Jock Brodie (Dumfries))
Miss Dickson (given by her to Captain Cassady, her nephew)
Captain Cassady (given to him by Miss Dickson, his aunt)
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (given to him by Jock Brodie (Dumfries))
When:
Late 18th century
Where:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The cup had at some time acquired a fine box decorated with marquetry. It is one of the relics of Burns which has been preserved in Burns House, Dumfries.
Description:
The cup may have been the work of a sea farer. The dark polished surface is decorated with fine engraved carvings typical of their work, including a shield and laurel wreath, a sailing ship, a rope and grape motif and the words 'Peace' and 'Plenty'.