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Magic Lantern Slide with 'There Was A Lad' ('Rantin, Rovin Robin') poem

Introduction:
Robert Burns wrote this autobiographical song in 1787, possibly in celebration of his 28th birthday. 'Twas then a blast of Janwar win' Blew hansel in on Robin.'
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
63
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Glass
Dimensions:
Length: 82 mm, width: 82 mm
What:
Lantern Slide with illustrated poem 'There Was A Lad' by Burns
Subject:
Magic lantern slides such as this were used at 'pictorial concerts' where the words of songs were projected to encourage the audience to sing along. This is from a set of 72 such slides. Before the advent of the cinema, magic lantern shows were popular social gathering.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (poem by)
J Lizars, Optician (Glasgow) (manufacturer)
When:
1880 - 1920 (production)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
Magic lantern slides such as this were used at 'pictorial concerts' where the words of songs were projected to encourage the audience to sing along. This is from a set of 72 such slides. Before the advent of the cinema, magic lantern shows were popular social gathering.
Description:
This refers to the circumstances of his birth, during a mid winter storm, which blew down the chimney gable of his parents' cottage and forced his mother and the newly born Robert to seek shelter with neighbours.