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Lantern Slide with photograph of the Hole I' the Wa' Inn, Dumfries

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Magic Lantern Slide with Photograph of the Hole I' the Wa' Inn, Dumfries

Introduction:
John Thomson, the proprietor of the Hole I' the Wa' Inn in the latter part of the 19th Century, was an avid collector of Burnsiana. The public bar contained a museum of pictures, manuscripts and relics associated with the poet. In 1904 he purchased the burgess ticket presented to Robert Burns by the town of Dumfries at Sotheby's for ¶œ55.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
65
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Glass
Dimensions:
Length: 82 mm, width: 82 mm
What:
Lantern Slide with photograph of the Hole I' the Wa' Inn, Dumfries
Subject:
Situated between the High Street and Queensberry Street, the Hole I' the Wa' Inn was originally part of a back tenement of houses, known as the Mid Row. It is still a public house but the Burns Collection assembled by John Thomson can now be seen at Burns House and the Robert Burns Centre in the town.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (his memorabilia)
John Thomson (Hole I' the Wa' Inn, Dumfries) (collector of Burnsiana)
When:
1880 - 1920 (production)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
Situated between the High Street and Queensberry Street, the Hole I' the Wa' Inn was originally part of a back tenement of houses, known as the Mid Row. It is still a public house but the Burns Collection assembled by John Thomson can now be seen at Burns House and the Robert Burns Centre in the town.
Description:
Early advertisements for the inn highlight the Burns collection which could be viewed there. This would doubtless be an attraction for those visiting Burns' haunts in and around Dumfries, although there is no direct evidence that the poet frequented the inn during his time in the town.