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Knitting Guard which belonged to Agnes Broun the poets mother

Introduction:
William Burnes came to Ayrshire from his native Kincardinshire about 1750. He feued a 7.5 acre plot in Alloway for a market garden in 1756 and on December 15th 1757, married Agnes Broun, daughter of a Kirkoswald farmer, and went to live in the two roomed thatched cottage he had built on the plot in Alloway.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT600
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Wood
Dimensions:
10cm x 4.5cm
What:
Knitting guard which belonged to Burns' mother
Subject:
A knitting guard is a tool which was used by knitters to keep the wool and needles in position when work stopped on a garment under construction.
Who:
Agnes Burnes (nee Broun) (mother of poet)
Robert Burns (poet)
When:
c 1750
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
A knitting guard is a tool which was used by knitters to keep the wool and needles in position when work stopped on a garment under construction.
Description:
This knitting guard is said to have belonged to Agnes Broun mother of the poet Robert Burns.