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Booklet 'Dumfries and Robert Burns: A Photographic Souvenir'

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'Dumfries and Robert Burns: A Photographic Souvenir', c 1900

Introduction:
This small souvenir booklet contains thirteen photographs of places in and around the town of Dumfries with associations with Robert Burns, accompanied by a short description of each place. The cover depicts the Routin Bridge on the Cluden Water, north of the town, a well known beauty spot.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
199
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Whole - length: 95 mm, width: 115 mm
What:
Booklet 'Dumfries and Robert Burns: A Photographic Souvenir'
Subject:
This booklet was printed and published by a local firm, Maxwell and Son of Dumfries. Souvenir booklets containing photographic views were popular with the tourists of the early 20th century as very few people owned their own camera at this time.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (he lived here)
George Thomson (1757-1851) (publisher)
J Maxwell and Son (Dumfries) (publisher)
When:
c 1900
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This booklet was printed and published by a local firm, Maxwell and Son of Dumfries. Souvenir booklets containing photographic views were popular with the tourists of the early 20th century as very few people owned their own camera at this time.
Description:
The Cluden Water is a tributary which joins the west bank of the River Nith close to Lincluden Abbey, a medieval ruin which captured the poet's imagination. His song, 'Ca the Yowes to the Knowes', features the Cluden and Lincluden Abbey. In September 1794 he wrote to George Thomson, his publisher, 'In a solitary stroll which I took today, I tried my hand on a few pastoral lines. Here it is'.