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Framed engraving of the Burial of Burns,25th. July 1796

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Engraving of the 'Burial of Burns'

Introduction:
The Poet Robert Burns spent the last years of his life in Dumfries where he was employed as an Excise officer by the Government. Due to the effects of rheumatic fever as a child and the hardships of farming he died of heart disease (endocarditis) at the early age of 37.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT516
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
30cm x 21cm
What:
Framed engraving of the Burial of Burns,25th. July 1796
Subject:
The scene depicts the funeral procession of the Poet from the Tollbooth to St. Michael's Churchyard in Dumfries. Engraving by William Forest after William E. Lockhart RSA 1897.
Who:
William Forest (engraver)
Robert Burns (poet)
Maxwell Burns (last born child to Robert and Agnes Burns)
Jean Armour Burns (wife of the poet)
When:
25th July 1796
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The scene depicts the funeral procession of the Poet from the Tollbooth to St. Michael's Churchyard in Dumfries. Engraving by William Forest after William E. Lockhart RSA 1897.
Description:
The engraving depicts the funeral procession of the Poet which was a military burial and was attended by over 10,000 mourners. Sadly on this very day Burns' widow Jean was at home giving birth to their ninth child Maxwell.