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'Dalswinton, Nithsdale', 1796

Introduction:
Robert Burns took on the lease of Ellisland Farm from Patrick Miller of Dalswinton from Whitsunday 1788 for a rent of ¶œ50 per year. It was a small unimproved holding of 170 acres situated on the bank of the River Nith about 5 miles north of the town of Dumfries. Miller gave Burns ¶œ300 with which to build a farm house and enclose the fields.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
212
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 110 mm, width: 166 mm
What:
Print entitled 'Dalswinton, Nithsdale', 1796
Subject:
The great house at Dalswinton was built for Patrick Miller between 1785 and 1790. The house may have been designed by the artist, Alexander Nasmyth, who was a close friend of Miller and who painted the famous portrait of Robert Burns.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (he visited here)
Patrick Miller (Dalswinton)(1731-1815) (he lived here)
J Walker (16 Rosomans Street, London) (engraver and publisher)
Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840) (artist (after) / designer)
When:
1 July 1796 (published)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The great house at Dalswinton was built for Patrick Miller between 1785 and 1790. The house may have been designed by the artist, Alexander Nasmyth, who was a close friend of Miller and who painted the famous portrait of Robert Burns.
Description:
Patrick Miller was a director of the Bank of Scotland and chairman of the Carron Company, an ironworks in Falkirk. He had read Robert Burns' work and admired it and having recently purchased the estate of Dalswinton he hoped to help Burns establish himself by the let of the farm. According to Burns, however, it was a 'ruinous bargain'.