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Engraving depicting Dumfries in 1793.

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Dumfries, 1793

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:
239
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 109 mm, width: 162 mm
What:
Engraving depicting Dumfries in 1793.
Subject:
This early view of the town was made from a sketch by the Scottish artist Alexander Reid who was an associate of Patrick Miller of Dalswinton, Robert Burns' landlord when he farmed at Ellisland. Reid designed the mansion house at Dalswinton for Miller and also made a miniature portrait of Robert Burns. This is one of the few authentic portraits of the poet.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (he lived here)
J Walker (16 Rosomans Street, London) (engraver and publisher)
Alexander Reid (1747-1823) (artist)
When:
1 December 1793 (published)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This early view of the town was made from a sketch by the Scottish artist Alexander Reid who was an associate of Patrick Miller of Dalswinton, Robert Burns' landlord when he farmed at Ellisland. Reid designed the mansion house at Dalswinton for Miller and also made a miniature portrait of Robert Burns. This is one of the few authentic portraits of the poet.
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.