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'Ellisland', a hand coloured steel plate engraving, 1846

Introduction:
Robert Burns took on the lease of Ellisland Farm from Patrick Miller of Dalswinton from Whitsunday 1788 for a rent of ¶œ50 per year. It was a small unimproved holding of 170 acres situated on the bank of the River Nith about 5 miles north of the town of Dumfries. Miller gave Burns ¶œ300 with which to build a farm house and enclose the fields.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
166
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 92 mm, width: 140 mm
What:
Coloured print entitled 'Ellisland'
Subject:
This is an example of a steel plate engraving which has been removed from an illustrated work, most probably 'The Land of Burns', published by Blackie and Son of Glasgow and hand tinted in watercolours.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (he lived here)
Gilbert Burns (1760-1827) (brother of the poet, Robert Burns)
Patrick Miller (Dalswinton)(1731-1815) (landlord of Burns)
Robert Chambers (1802-1871) (author)
Professor Wilson (author)
Blackie and Son (Queen Street, Glasgow) (publisher)
W and D Duncan (Glasgow) (printer)
Thomas Jeavons (1816-1867) (engraver)
David Octavius Hill RA (1802-1870) (artist)
When:
1846
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This is an example of a steel plate engraving which has been removed from an illustrated work, most probably 'The Land of Burns', published by Blackie and Son of Glasgow and hand tinted in watercolours.
Description:
In January 1790 Burns wrote to his brother Gilbert, 'it is a ruinous affair ... let it go to hell'. By this time his career in the Excise was becoming established, and he finally quit the farm at the end of 1791, selling off his farming stock by public roup, or auction.