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Photograph of two sons of Robert Burns, c 1855

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James Glencairn Burns and William Nicol Burns, Sons of the Poet c 1855

Introduction:
William Nicol Burns was the sixth child of Robert Burns and Jean Armour Burns and one of three sons to survive into adulthood. He made a distinguished career in the East India Company and retired to Cheltenham. In 1851 he purchased the family's last home in Mill Street Dumfries in order to preserve the house in which his father had died.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
2
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 138 mm, width: 177 mm
What:
Photograph of two sons of Robert Burns, c 1855
Subject:
This early photograph is originally from the collection of Dr T B Grierson of Thornhill, whose father, William Grierson, was a friend and supporter of Robert Burns. It has been carefully posed in a photographer's studio. The time required to expose a photograph could be several minutes so subjects were required to sit still for an extended period.
Who:
William Grierson (1773-1852) (friend of Burns)
Dr Thomas Boyle Grierson (1818-1889) (previous owner)
William Nicol Burns (1791-1872) (son of the poet, Robert Burns) (representation)
James Glencairn Burns (1794-1865) (son of the poet, Robert Burns) (representation)
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (his sons)
East India Company, The (employees of)
Jean Armour Burns (1767-1834) (wife of the poet, Robert Burns) (her sons)
When:
c 1855
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This early photograph is originally from the collection of Dr T B Grierson of Thornhill, whose father, William Grierson, was a friend and supporter of Robert Burns. It has been carefully posed in a photographer's studio. The time required to expose a photograph could be several minutes so subjects were required to sit still for an extended period.
Description:
His brother, James Glencairn Burns, was their eighth child and also saw service overseas in the East India Company where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was appointed Judge and Collector at Cahar. On his retiral he lived in London and Cheltenham.