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Letter of Gilbert Burns to Mrs Robert Burns dated Grant's Braes 14th January 1822

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Letter of Gilbert Burns to Mrs Robert Burns dated Grant's Braes 14th January 1822 (page 2 of 3)

Introduction:
In page two Gilbert continues to ply his sister-in law with news of Mrs Begg & her family and of the death of a friend in Kilmarnock who Jean Burns has met on an earlier visit to Gilbert's home, a benevolent lady who will be sorely missed.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT736.14B
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Letter of Gilbert Burns to Mrs Robert Burns dated Grant's Braes 14th January 1822
Subject:
Gilbert Burns received ¶œ200 from his brother Robert to release him from debts incurred at Mossgiel in Mauchline in 1789. He married in 1791 and moved to Dinning in Nithsdale in 1798 for 2 years. By 1800 had moved to East Lothian as a farm manager and in 1804 became Factor at an Estate near Haddington and lived at a house called Grant's Braes. It was here that he died in 1827 having sired 11 children, five of whom died at a young age.
Who:
Gilbert Burns (1760-1827) (brother of Robert Burns)
Mrs Robert Burns (1765-1834) (wife of poet Robert Burns)
When:
14th January 1822 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
Gilbert Burns received ¶œ200 from his brother Robert to release him from debts incurred at Mossgiel in Mauchline in 1789. He married in 1791 and moved to Dinning in Nithsdale in 1798 for 2 years. By 1800 had moved to East Lothian as a farm manager and in 1804 became Factor at an Estate near Haddington and lived at a house called Grant's Braes. It was here that he died in 1827 having sired 11 children, five of whom died at a young age.
Description:
He then reports that the portrait of her husband which she had, after some earlier persuasion by Gilbert, sent to Edinburgh had arrived safely. This portrait has now been sent down to the sculptor Flaxman who has been commissioned to produce a bronze statue of the Poet to be erected in Edinburgh.