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Jane Emma Burns, Mrs Brown, and Jean Armour Burns Brown, Robert Burns' grand daughter and great grand daughter c 1880

Introduction:
Jane Emma Burns, Mrs Brown, was the daughter of Robert Burns junior, the poet's eldest son. In later life he had four children with Emma Bland of Dumfries, although they did not marry. Jane Emma Burns was their third child and one of the few members of the Burns family who continued to live in Dumfries. Her eldest daughter, Jean Armour Burns Brown, was said to bear an uncanny resemblance to her famous forebear.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
102
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 146 mm, width: 106 mm
What:
Cabinet card of Jean Armour Burns Brown and her mother, c 1880
Subject:
Cabinet cards were almost always made from studio portraits. They were produced to be sold or exchanged and were collected in elaborate albums, specially made for the purpose, often with window mounts to display the cards.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (descendant of)
William Grierson (1773-1852) (friend of Burns)
Emma Bland (common-law wife of Robert Burns jr) (daughter of)
Robert Hamilton (Castlebank Mills, Dumfries) (previous owner)
Dr Thomas Boyle Grierson (1818-1889) (previous owner)
James Rae (2 Stonewall Place, Queen Street, Dumfries) (photographer (after))
Moryson (Dumfries, Castle Douglas and Lockerbie) (photographer)
Jean Armour Burns Brown (1864-1937) (great grand daughter of Robert Burns) (representation)
Jane Emma Burns (Mrs Brown) (1831-1916) (grand daughter of Robert Burns) (representation)
When:
22 May 1881 (presented to Dr Grierson)
c 1880
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
Cabinet cards were almost always made from studio portraits. They were produced to be sold or exchanged and were collected in elaborate albums, specially made for the purpose, often with window mounts to display the cards.
Description:
This cabinet card is originally from the collection of Dr Thomas Boyle Grierson of Thornhill, whose father, William Grierson, was a friend and supporter of Robert Burns. Dr Grierson was a prominent local antiquarian and member of the Burns movement in the later part of the nineteenth century.