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Hair-bracelet with lock of Mrs. Burns' hair within its gold clasp

Introduction:
Robert Burns (1759-96) Scotland's National Poet was born in Alloway, Ayrshire the son of a market gardener who feued 7 acres locally. During a short period the farmer poet he composed a wealth of songs and poems. He died in Dumfries of heart disease in 1796.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT99
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Metal/hair
Dimensions:
2cm
Subject:
The lock of Mrs. Burns' hair was removed during her years in Dumfries. Jean in her widowed years became a local celebrity. A large number of important visitors to the town would call on her to pay their respects.
Who:
Robert Burns (poet)
Jean Armour Burns (widow of Robert Burns, poet)
When:
Early 1800's
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The lock of Mrs. Burns' hair was removed during her years in Dumfries. Jean in her widowed years became a local celebrity. A large number of important visitors to the town would call on her to pay their respects.
Description:
The hair bracelet, with a lock of Mrs., Burns' (Jean Armour) hair is a memento donated to the Burns Cottage Museum in Alloway. Jean Armour (1765-1834), a stone-mason's daughter from Mauchline became the wife of the Poet in 1788. Jean bore Burns 9 children and she survived the Poet by almost forty years.