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Magic Lantern Slide with Photograph of Highland Mary's Grave, Greenock

Introduction:
Robert Burns first met Mary Campbell in Mauchline where she was employed as nursemaid in the home of his friend, Gavin Hamilton. The details of their relationship are uncertain but it is thought that they 'pledged their troth' to one another by an exchange of Bibles and that Burns intended that she accompany him to Jamaica.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
54
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Glass
Dimensions:
Length: 82 mm, width: 82 mm
What:
Lantern Slide with photograph of Highland Mary's grave
Subject:
She was buried in the old West Highland Churchyard at Greenock, and her grave remained unmarked for 56 years. This magic lantern slide is of the monument which was erected by Greenock Burns Club in 1842. In 1920 the cemetery was purchased by Harland and Wolff, shipbuilders who moved her remains to Greenock Cemetery. An infant's coffin was found in her grave.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (his friend)
Gavin Hamilton (1753-1805) (employee of)
Greenock Burns Club (built monument)
Highland Mary Campbell (1763-1786) (her burial place)
When:
1880 - 1920 (production)
1842 (monument built)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
She was buried in the old West Highland Churchyard at Greenock, and her grave remained unmarked for 56 years. This magic lantern slide is of the monument which was erected by Greenock Burns Club in 1842. In 1920 the cemetery was purchased by Harland and Wolff, shipbuilders who moved her remains to Greenock Cemetery. An infant's coffin was found in her grave.
Description:
She died in October 1786 at Greenock, whilst waiting for Burns to complete the arrangements for their emigration. Again the cause of her death is obscure, possibly it was the result of a fever, possibly it was due to the premature birth of Burns' child.