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Inkwell, a gift from Robert Burns to John Lapraik, detail of lid

Introduction:
This inkwell is fashioned from a pony hoof. It was given by Robert Burns to his friend and mentor, John Lapraik, in 1793. Lapraik was a farmer and fellow poet who befriended Burns and encouraged him to write in his early years.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:0198.265
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Horn (hoof); metal, iron (shoe); metal, brass (lid); metal, silver (plaque)
Dimensions:
Height: 65 mm; width: 87 mm; depth (max): 105 mm
What:
Inkwell, pony hoof
Subject:
The brass lid is engraved, 'Presented to Mr Lapraik by his Much respected Friend Robt Burns'.
Who:
John Lapraik (or Lapraig or Lapaik) (1727 - 1807) (given to him by Robert Burns)
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (given by him to John Lapaik)
When:
1793 (date of presentation)
Where:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The brass lid is engraved, 'Presented to Mr Lapraik by his Much respected Friend Robt Burns'.
Description:
Lapraik provided both the subject and inspiration for two of Burns' finest verse epistles, 'First Epistle to John Lapraik' and 'Second Epistle to John Lapraik'.