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Brooch, coral, belonged to Jean Armour Burns

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Gold and coral brooch which belonged to Jean Armour Burns

Introduction:
This brooch belonged to Jean Armour Burns, wife of Robert Burns. It contains a plait of hair and may be a mourning brooch, or simply a keepsake. It is said that Burns took pride in his wife being well dressed.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:0198.74
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Metal, gold; coral (stones); hair; glass
Dimensions:
Height: 20 mm, width: 27 mm
What:
Brooch, coral, belonged to Jean Armour Burns
Subject:
They had nine children, only three of whom survived into adulthood. After Robert Burns' death in 1796, Jean continued to live in the family home in Burns Street, Dumfries. She remained there until her own death in 1834.
Who:
Jean Armour Burns (1765 - 1834) (owner)
Mrs Wilson (Lochhouse Hotel (Inn)) (given to her by Jean Armour Burns)
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (belonged to his wife, Jean Armour Burns)
When:
1785 - 1834
Where:
Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
They had nine children, only three of whom survived into adulthood. After Robert Burns' death in 1796, Jean continued to live in the family home in Burns Street, Dumfries. She remained there until her own death in 1834.
Description:
Jean Armour was born in 1765, the daughter of a master mason of Mauchline. She first met Robert Burns at Mauchline in 1784, after his family had settled at Mossgiel, near to the town. The actual date of their marriage is not known.