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Magic Lantern Slide with Photograph of The Hermitage, Friar's Carse

Introduction:
Robert Burns' neighbour at Ellisland was Robert Riddell of Friars Carse, a country estate upstream from the farm. Recognising Burns' talent, Riddell offered him the use of the summer house on the estate in which to meditate and write, away from the demands of the farm.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
68
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Glass
Dimensions:
Length: 82 mm, width: 82 mm
What:
Lantern Slide with photograph of The Hermitage, Friars Carse
Subject:
The romantic nature of the building, designed by Riddell to reflect the monastery which originally occupied the estate made it an attraction for those visiting Burns' haunts in and around Dumfries, hence its inclusion in a magic lantern show on Burns Country.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (he visited here)
Captain Robert Riddell of Glenriddell (1755-1794) (property of)
A Turner, Optician (Dumfries) (manufacturer)
When:
1880 - 1920 (production)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The romantic nature of the building, designed by Riddell to reflect the monastery which originally occupied the estate made it an attraction for those visiting Burns' haunts in and around Dumfries, hence its inclusion in a magic lantern show on Burns Country.
Description:
It was here that Burns composed the poem beginning, 'Thou whom chance may hither lead' as a tribute to Robert Riddell and their growing friendship. After Riddell's death the Hermitage was allowed to fall into ruin although it was restored in 1874, perhaps due to its connections with the poet.