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Impression taken from Robert Burns' seal

Introduction:
This wax impression is taken from Robert Burns' seal. The seal depicts a shield bearing a holly bush below a crossed shepherd's pipe and crook. Above the shield is a wood lark on a branch of a bay tree.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:0198.344
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Wax; paper
Dimensions:
Length: 60 mm; width: 90 mm
What:
Seal, impression
Subject:
This impression from his seal was presented to Burns House by his granddaughter, Eliza Burns Everett.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (owner (impression of his seal))
Robert Burns (eldest son of the poet, Robert Burns) (given to him after his father's death)
Eliza Everitt (1812 - 1878) (nee Burns, grand daughter of the poet, Robert Burns) (Belfast) (given to her after her father's death)
When:
May 1796
Where:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This impression from his seal was presented to Burns House by his granddaughter, Eliza Burns Everett.
Description:
Burns commissioned the making of a personal seal in 1794, but he did not receive it until May 1796, shortly before his death in July of that year and during his last illness. He therefore made little use of it.