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Plan of the Towns of Dumfries and Maxwelltown, 1819 (detail)

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Detail from Plan of the Towns of Dumfries and Maxwelltown, 1819

Introduction:
When Robert Burns exchanged the role of farmer for that of Exciseman he moved with his family from Ellisland Farm into a tenement flat in Bank Street, Dumfries, close to the Whitesands and the River Nith. The family lived here from 1791 until 1793 when they moved to a better quality house in Mill Street (now Burns Street).
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
238a
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Frame - length: 695 mm, width: 595 mm
What:
Plan of the Towns of Dumfries and Maxwelltown, 1819 (detail)
Subject:
This town plan shows the street plan of the town as Robert Burns would have known it. Many of the places he frequented can be identified. This detail shows the areas around both of his homes in the town.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (he lived here)
John Wood (surveyor)
When:
1819 (surveyed)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This town plan shows the street plan of the town as Robert Burns would have known it. Many of the places he frequented can be identified. This detail shows the areas around both of his homes in the town.
Description:
Dumfries at that time was a lively town of some 5,600 inhabitants, mostly living tightly packed into tenement closes of red sandstone. The town was a busy port and in 1792 Burns was promoted to the Dumfries Port Division of the Excise.