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Etched engraving entitled 'House Dumfries, Where Burns Died', 1882

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'House Dumfries, Where Burns Died', 1882

Introduction:
It was in this ordinary sandstone house in a quiet back street of Dumfries that Robert Burns spent the last three years of his life. The family moved into the house in May 1793. The house had a parlour, kitchen, two bedrooms and even a small study where Burns could write. It was well furnished with a carpet and long case clock in the parlour.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
120
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper; wood (frame)
Dimensions:
Image - length: 100 mm, width: 135 mm
What:
Etched engraving entitled 'House Dumfries, Where Burns Died', 1882
Subject:
At the time this etching was made, a tenant occupied the house, the rental going towards the upkeep of Burns Mausoleum and the house itself. The house was restored in 1935 and opened as a museum. It still retains much of its eighteenth century character.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (he died here)
William Nicol Burns (1791-1872) (son of the poet, Robert Burns) (previous landlord)
Jean Armour Burns (1767-1834) (wife of the poet, Robert Burns) (she lived here)
James M Smith (artist)
When:
1882
Where:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
At the time this etching was made, a tenant occupied the house, the rental going towards the upkeep of Burns Mausoleum and the house itself. The house was restored in 1935 and opened as a museum. It still retains much of its eighteenth century character.
Description:
Robert Burns died here on 21 July 1796, although his wife, Jean Armour Burns continued to live in the house until her own death in 1834. The house was purchased in 1851 by their son, Colonel William Nicol Burns and throughout the 19th Century it became a place of pilgrimage for Burns enthusiasts from around the world.