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Dipping Rod, 6 pieces in carrying case, used by Robert Burns

Introduction:
Robert Burns (1759-96) Scotland's National Poet spent the last years of his life in Dumfries, faming at Ellisland until in 1789 aged 30 years when he took up an appointment as an excise-man. He travelled widely on horseback over the Dumfries area perhaps covering as many as 200 miles per week.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT471
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Wood and leather
Dimensions:
33cm x 9cm
What:
Dipping Rod , in 6 pieces, in carrying case, used by Burns
Subject:
The dipping-rod is on display in the Burns Cottage Museum, Alloway together with number of Burns's excise documents.
Who:
Robert Burns (poet)
When:
Approx. 1790's
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The dipping-rod is on display in the Burns Cottage Museum, Alloway together with number of Burns's excise documents.
Description:
The dipping rod is made up of 6 portions which screw into each part making up a rod length of 60 inches. These 6 pieces are encased in a leather case with 6 separate pockets. The rod would be used to gauge the measure of spirits and measures up to 300 gallons.