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HRH the Duke of Gloucester at Burns Mausoleum, 1932

Introduction:
The Duke of Gloucester made a visit to Dumfries on 20th September 1932. The last royal visit to the town had been in 1617, when James VI came to Dumfries! In this photograph he is laying a wreath on the grave of Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, within his mausoleum in St Michael's Churchyard. Dumfries.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
37
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 139 mm, width: 205 mm
What:
Photograph of Duke of Gloucester visiting Burns Mausoleum, 1932
Subject:
The ceremony of laying of wreaths at the mausoleum was observed throughout the 19th century and formed part of the celebrations of the first and second centenaries of his birth and death. It is still an important element of the rituals of Burns' birthday today and many distinguished visitors to the town place wreaths on his grave as part of the programme of their visit.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (his burial place)
John Syme (1755-1831) (set up Mausoleum fund)
King George IV (1762-1830) (subscriber to Mausoleum fund)
King James VI (1566-1625) (he visited Dumfries)
David Brodie (Dumfries Provost) (representation)
Duke of Gloucester, Henry William Frederick Albert (1900-1974) (representation)
When:
20-Sep-32
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The ceremony of laying of wreaths at the mausoleum was observed throughout the 19th century and formed part of the celebrations of the first and second centenaries of his birth and death. It is still an important element of the rituals of Burns' birthday today and many distinguished visitors to the town place wreaths on his grave as part of the programme of their visit.
Description:
Robert Burns was originally buried in St Michael's Churchyard, Dumfries, in a simple grave, marked only by a plain stone slab. His admirers came to believe that this was an insufficient memorial to the poet. In 1813 his friend, John Syme formed a committee and launched an appeal to build a mausoleum in his memory. One of the subscribers was the Prince Regent, later George IV. The mausoleum was completed in September 1817.