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Lantern Slide with engraving of bedroom in Burns House, Dumfries, c 1877

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Magic Lantern Slide with Engraving of the Bedroom in Burns House, Dumfries

Introduction:
Robert Burns and his growing family moved into this well appointed two storey house in Mill Street, Dumfries in 1793. Burns was at the height of his literary powers but his time was also occupied with his career in the Excise and with the many and varied social connections he had formed in the lively atmosphere of the town.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
44
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Glass
Dimensions:
Length: 82 mm, width: 82 mm
What:
Lantern Slide with engraving of bedroom in Burns House, Dumfries, c 1877
Subject:
On the morning of Thursday 21 July he became delirious. His children were brought to see him for a last time and shortly after he lapsed into unconsciousness and died. He was 37 years old. The bedroom in which he died became a place of pilgrimage and hence, the subject of this magic lantern slide.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (he died here)
When:
1877 (production)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
On the morning of Thursday 21 July he became delirious. His children were brought to see him for a last time and shortly after he lapsed into unconsciousness and died. He was 37 years old. The bedroom in which he died became a place of pilgrimage and hence, the subject of this magic lantern slide.
Description:
He was only to live here a further three years. During 1796 his health began to fail and his doctor prescribed sea bathing as a cure. His salary was reduced as he was unable to carry out his Excise duties and in his weakened state he became obsessed with the fear of dying in poverty.