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Gentleman's writing table, which was used by Robert Burns

Introduction:
This fine eighteenth century writing table was first used by Robert Burns when visiting his friend, Reverend Andrew Jaffrey at the Old Manse of Lochmaben.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:1996.42
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Wood, oak; metal, brass (fittings)
Dimensions:
Height: 835 mm depth: 605 mm width: 820 mm
What:
Desk, gentleman's writing table
Subject:
This writing table now forms part of the furnishings of Robert Burns' last home in Burns Street, Dumfries. The house had a parlour, kitchen, two bedrooms and even a small study where Burns could write.
Who:
Dr Andrew Jaffray (1723 - 1795) (owner (Robert Burns visited him at the Old Manse, Lochmaben))
Lochmaben Congragational Board (owner)
Jean Jaffray (daughter of owner) (1773 - 1850) (inspiration for Robert Burns song 'I gaed a waefu' gate yestreen')
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (use)
When:
18th century
Where:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This writing table now forms part of the furnishings of Robert Burns' last home in Burns Street, Dumfries. The house had a parlour, kitchen, two bedrooms and even a small study where Burns could write.
Description:
Burns would stay at the manse in Lochmaben when about his Excise duties in that area. Jean Jaffrey, the minister's only daughter was the subject of the song 'I gaed a waefu' gate yestreen' which Burns wrote for her when she was only fifteen.