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Letter of invitation to Robert Burns' funeral, 1796

Introduction:
This letter is from Robert Burns' eldest son, Robert, inviting the recipient to the funeral of his father on the 25th July 1796. Robert Burns junior was only nine years old at this time.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:1936.2.1
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Page size: 187 mm x 234 mm
What:
Document, letter
Subject:
The poet was a popular and respected figure in Dumfries and his funeral attracted enormous crowds into the streets. His coffin was taken in a procession through the town and he was then buried in St Michael's Churchyard.
Who:
Robert Burns (eldest son of the poet, Robert Burns) (signed by)
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (invitation to his funeral)
When:
23 July 1796
Where:
Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The poet was a popular and respected figure in Dumfries and his funeral attracted enormous crowds into the streets. His coffin was taken in a procession through the town and he was then buried in St Michael's Churchyard.
Description:
Robert Burns died on the 21st July 1796 at the early age of 37. On the same day his wife, Jean Armour Burns, gave birth to their ninth child whom she named Maxwell after William Maxwell, the doctor who had attended her husband during his last illness.