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Fragment of Burns' first marital bed

Introduction:
Framed like a fragment of the true cross, this tiny piece of the mahogany bed Burns bought his new bride, Jean Armour, in 1788 is a curious relic. Prizing a small chunk of wood may seem like an obsessive - indeed religious - way to remember Burns but its survival is a powerful reminder of the poet's revered status among Victorian Scots. The bed itself is symbolic of Burns' marital career and was purchased for Jean for their first house, now Burns House Museum, Mauchline.
Image Rights Holder:
National Burns Collection
Ref:
burns11
Project:
964:0
Material:
mahogany
Who:
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (poet)
Jean Armour (1765 - 1834) (wife of Robert Burns)
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (poet)
When:
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Description:
The fragment is now held in Souter Johnnie's Cottage in Kirkoswald, Ayrshire, which is cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. The Trust now cares for a small but curious collection of touchstones for Burns and the characters his poems brought to life. The Cottage offers a fascinating glimpse back in time to the home and workshop of Tam o'Shanter's 'vera brither' Souter Johnnie.