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Gold Brooch, set with 7 stones which belonged to Jean Armour Burns

Introduction:
Robert Burns (1759-96) Scotland's National Poet was born in a small thatched cottage in Alloway, Ayrshire the son of a market gardener who feued 7 acres locally. During a short period the farmer poet composed a wealth of songs and poems. He died in Dumfries of heart disease aged only 37 years.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT100
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Gold and polished stone
Dimensions:
3.5cm dia
What:
Gold Brooch, set with seven stones, which belonged to Jean Armour
Subject:
The brooch which is on display in Burns Cottage Museum in Alloway has a lock of Mrs. Burns' hair encased in the centre. On the reverse is an engraved inscription from Sarah Burns to her half-sister Annie in memory of her grandmother.
Who:
Jean Armour Burns (wife of Robert Burns, poet)
Robert Burns (poet)
When:
Early 1800's
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The brooch which is on display in Burns Cottage Museum in Alloway has a lock of Mrs. Burns' hair encased in the centre. On the reverse is an engraved inscription from Sarah Burns to her half-sister Annie in memory of her grandmother.
Description:
The gold brooch which is set with 7 stones belonged to Jean Armour the wife of the Poet. She was the daughter of a Mauchline stone-mason and was to bear Burns 9 children. Sadly only 3 of these children lived into adulthood. Jean survived her husband by almost 40 years.