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English Cittern which belonged to Robert Burns

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English Cittern, attributed to Burns

Introduction:
Robert Burns (1759-96) Scotland's National Poet was born in a small thatched cottage in Alloway, Ayrshire the son of a market gardener who feued 7 acres locally. During a short period the farmer poet was to compose a wealth of songs and poems. He died in Dumfries of heart disease aged only 37 years.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT30
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Wood
Dimensions:
73cm x 27cm
What:
English Cittern which belonged to Robert Burns
Subject:
This cittern on display in Burns Cottage, Alloway was made by Grauckem and Hoffman in 1757.
Who:
Robert Burns (poet)
When:
1757
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
This cittern on display in Burns Cottage, Alloway was made by Grauckem and Hoffman in 1757.
Description:
The English cittern which was attributed to have belonged to Robert Burns is a musical instrument which appears to look like a mandolin.