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Photograph of Burns House, Bank Street, Dumfries, c 1910

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Flat Occupied by Robert Burns and his Family in Bank Street c 1910 (1)

Introduction:
By the end of 1791 Robert Burns' career in the Excise became established, he quit Ellisland Farm, selling off his farming stock by public roup, or auction, and moved with his family to this tenement flat in Bank Street, Dumfries. At that time Bank Street was also known as the Wee Vennel or the Stinking Vennel.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
6
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 157 mm, width: 210 mm
What:
Photograph of Burns House, Bank Street, Dumfries, c 1910
Subject:
Below was the office of Burns' Excise superior and friend, John Syme. In February 1792 he was promoted to the Dumfries Port Division with an increase in salary to ¶œ70 a year. This also allowed him more free time and the days in Bank Street were a period of prolific song writing for him.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (his home)
Robert Chambers (1802-1871) (biographer of Burns)
John Syme (1755-1831) (friend of Burns)
When:
c 1910
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
Below was the office of Burns' Excise superior and friend, John Syme. In February 1792 he was promoted to the Dumfries Port Division with an increase in salary to ¶œ70 a year. This also allowed him more free time and the days in Bank Street were a period of prolific song writing for him.
Description:
The street outside had an open sewer running down it from the High Street to the River Nith. Their small flat was on the second floor and had only two rooms and a bed closet, 'the only place he has in which to seclude himself for study' according to Robert Chambers.