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Watercolour drawing of Ellisland by the Nith, 1859

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Ellisland, Poet's Farm on the River Nith, 1859

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:
228
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 181 mm, width: 277 mm
What:
Watercolour drawing of Ellisland by the Nith, 1859
Subject:
The five bedroomed farmhouse which was built to Burns' instructions was designed by Thomas Boyd, a Dumfries architect. It is still as it was in Burns' time, although the steadings have been much remodelled. In 1929 the farm was presented to the nation by John Wilson Williamson. It is now a museum.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (he lived here)
Thomas Boyd (Dumfries) (architect)
John Wilson Williamson (previous owner)
Patrick Miller (Dalswinton)(1731-1815) (landlord of Burns)
R Herd (artist)
When:
1859
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The five bedroomed farmhouse which was built to Burns' instructions was designed by Thomas Boyd, a Dumfries architect. It is still as it was in Burns' time, although the steadings have been much remodelled. In 1929 the farm was presented to the nation by John Wilson Williamson. It is now a museum.
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.