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Fragment of wood taken from Robert Burns' 'trysting thorn'

Introduction:
This cross section of thorn wood is from a tree which grew at Mill Mannoch, Coylton, Ayrshire which was said to be Robert Burns' 'trysting thorn', a romantic meeting place.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:1989.32
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Wood, thornwood
Dimensions:
Length (max): 150 mm width (max): 81 mm height: 45 mm
What:
Fragment, wood
Subject:
Throughout the 19th century the cult of Robert Burns rose to huge proportions and 'relics' of Burns, and his family, however spurious were treasured and preserved.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (made from the wood of his 'trysting thorn')
When:
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
Throughout the 19th century the cult of Robert Burns rose to huge proportions and 'relics' of Burns, and his family, however spurious were treasured and preserved.
Description:
One polished surface bears the inscription, 'At length I reached the bonnie glen, Where early life I sported, I pass'd the mill and trysting thorn, Where Nancy aft I courted' taken from Burns' poem 'The Soldier's Return'.