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'Isabella Burns, the youngest sister of the Poet', c 1850

Introduction:
Isabella Burns was Robert Burns youngest sister and also the youngest of the family, born when the poet was twelve years of age. She married John Begg, a local man from Mauchline. She had six sons and three daughters. After her husband's early death in 1813 following a fall from a horse, the family moved to East Lothian.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
124
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 136 mm, width: 111 mm
What:
Print entitled 'Isabella Burns, the youngest sister of the Poet'
Subject:
This mezzotint, made from an earlier oil portrait by Robert Taylor was published in 1898 in the 'Memorial Catalogue of the Burns Exhibition, 1896'. This detailed the contents of the great exhibition of Burns material held in the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts in 1896 as part of the events which commemorated the centenary of the poet's death.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (his sister)
John Begg (1771-1913)(brother in law of the poet, Robert Burns) (her husband)
Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts (175 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow) (exhibition held at)
William Hodge and Company (Glasgow) (publisher and printer)
Robert Taylor (artist (after))
Isabella Burns Begg (1771-1858) (sister of the poet, Robert Burns) (representation)
When:
1898 (published)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This mezzotint, made from an earlier oil portrait by Robert Taylor was published in 1898 in the 'Memorial Catalogue of the Burns Exhibition, 1896'. This detailed the contents of the great exhibition of Burns material held in the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts in 1896 as part of the events which commemorated the centenary of the poet's death.
Description:
Isabella finally settled in Alloway, spending her last years in the village where her famous brother had been born. She met many of Burns' admirers and biographers and was a source of recollections about his childhood and early life.