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Drinking horn which belonged to Robert Burns

Introduction:
This drinking horn belonged to Robert Burns. After the poet's death in 1796, his widow, Jean Armour Burns, gave it to a friend as a memento. Relics of Robert Burns were treasured and preserved.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:0198.254
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Horn
Dimensions:
Height: 90 mm; diameter (rim): 48 mm; diameter (base): 59 mm
What:
Glass, drinking horn
Who:
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (owner)
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (owner)
When:
Late 18th century
Where:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway
Description:
Household goods such as drinking vessels and spoons were frequently made from horn in the late 18th century. This small drinking horn would be more robust than glassware and Burns may have carried with him when travelling.