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'Lt Col James Glencairn Burns, fourth Son of the Poet', c 1850

Introduction:
James Glencairn Burns, was the eighth child born to Robert Burns and his wife Jean Armour Burns and one of only three to survive into adult life. He was named after the poet's friend and patron, James Cunningham, Earl of Glencairn.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
209
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 99 mm, width: 77 mm
What:
Print entitled 'Lt Col James Glencairn Burns, fourth Son of the Poet'
Subject:
This mezzotint, made from an earlier oil portrait by William Menzies Tweedie was published in 1898 in the 'Memorial Catalogue of the Burns Exhibition, 1896'. This detailed the contents of the great exhibition of Burns material held in the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts in 1896 as part of the events which commemorated the centenary of the poet's death.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (his son)
East India Company, The (employee)
James Cunningham, Earl of Glencairn (1749-1791) Note: authorities differ as to his nomination as 13th or 14th Earl (his namesake)
Jean Armour Burns (1767-1834) (wife of the poet, Robert Burns) (her son)
Sarah Elizabeth Maitland Tombs Burns (1821-1909) (grand daughter of the poet, Robert Burns) (lent painting to exhibition)
William Menzies Tweedie (1826-1878) (artist (after))
James Glencairn Burns (1794-1865) (son of the poet, Robert Burns) (representation)
Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts (175 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow) (exhibition held at)
William Hodge and Company (Glasgow) (publisher and printer)
When:
1898 (published)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This mezzotint, made from an earlier oil portrait by William Menzies Tweedie was published in 1898 in the 'Memorial Catalogue of the Burns Exhibition, 1896'. This detailed the contents of the great exhibition of Burns material held in the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts in 1896 as part of the events which commemorated the centenary of the poet's death.
Description:
Like his elder brother, Colonel William Nicol Burns, he saw service overseas in the East India Company where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was appointed Judge and Collector at Cahar. On his retiral he lived in London and Cheltenham.