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Lock of 'Highland Mary's hair which is preserved in the bibles (no. 603)

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Lock of 'Highland Mary's hair, which is preserved in the bibles (no.603)

Introduction:
Robert Burns (1759-96) Scotland's National Poet was born in a small thatched cottage in Alloway Ayrshire. In 1786 Burns, the farmer met Mary Campbell a nurse-maid to his friend Gavin Hamilton. The became betrothed and before they could emigrate to Jamaica she contracted a fever and died.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT606
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Hair
Dimensions:
4cm
What:
Lock of 'Highland Mary's hair which is preserved in the bibles (no. 603)
Subject:
The lock of hair is now preserved, with the bibles, in the Burns Cottage Museum Alloway.
Who:
'Highland Mary' (Mary Campbell) (betrothed to Robert Burns)
Robert Burns (poet)
Gavin Hamilton (friend of the poet)
When:
1786
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The lock of hair is now preserved, with the bibles, in the Burns Cottage Museum Alloway.
Description:
The lock of hair which was removed on the death of Mary is in the set of 2 bibles which Burns presented to Mary on their betrothal. Burns was bereft after her death and was inspired to write some of the most beautiful lyrics in our language.