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Notebook, manuscript list of Burgesses of Dumfries

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List of Burgesses of The Royal Burgh of Dumfries, including Robert Burns' entry in 1787

Introduction:
This a record kept by Mr. John Aitken, Town Clerk of Dumfries in which he lists the names of people who became burgesses, or freemen, of the town. Robert Burns was made an honorary burgess during his first visit there on the 4th June 1787.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:1936.2.14
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Page size: 170 mm x 210 mm
What:
Notebook, manuscript list of Burgesses of Dumfries
Subject:
The status of burgess was a considerable asset to an inhabitant of the town, allowing merchants and craftsmen to trade and giving their children access to education at the town's academy.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (made Honorary Burgess of Dumfries, 4th June 1787)
John Aitken, Town Clerk (Dumfries) (author)
David Staig (Provost, Dumfries) (author (of manuscript letter fragments contained in notebook))
When:
9 December 1777 - 9 July 1795
Where:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The status of burgess was a considerable asset to an inhabitant of the town, allowing merchants and craftsmen to trade and giving their children access to education at the town's academy.
Description:
Burns visited Dumfries on his tour of the Borders with his friend, Robert Ainslie. Following the success of the Kilmarnock edition of his poems his fame travelled before him and the Town Council resolved to make him an honorary burgess of the town.