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Magic Lantern Slide with Photograph of Burns Cottage, Alloway

Introduction:
Robert Burns was born at Alloway near Ayr on the 25th January 1759, the eldest of seven children of Agnes and William Burnes. His father was a market gardener, who having acquired a small holding of land, had built this cottage with its whitewashed clay walls and thatched roof with his own hands.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
56
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Glass
Dimensions:
Length: 82 mm, width: 82 mm
What:
Lantern Slide with photograph of Burns Cottage, Alloway
Subject:
Burns' birthplace and the Burns Monument Gardens at Alloway were a landmark for those visiting 'Burns' Country' in the latter part of the 19th Century. Hence the inclusion of this magic lantern slide in a presentation on 'A Night with Burns'.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (his birthplace)
William Burnes (1721-1784) (father of the poet, Robert Burns) (built by)
Agnes Broun (1732-1820) (mother of the poet, Robert Burns) (she lived here)
When:
1880 - 1920 (production)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
Burns' birthplace and the Burns Monument Gardens at Alloway were a landmark for those visiting 'Burns' Country' in the latter part of the 19th Century. Hence the inclusion of this magic lantern slide in a presentation on 'A Night with Burns'.
Description:
The poet's father sold the cottage in 1781 and it was used as a public house until May 1881. By this time it had become a place of pilgrimage for Burns enthusiasts from around the world. It was purchased for ¶œ4,000 by the Trustees of the Burns Monument and opened to the public.