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Mahogany corner cupboard from the Burns' household

Introduction:
This mahogany corner cupboard dates from the late 18th century and is part of the furnishings of the main bedroom in Robert Burns' last home in Burns Street, Dumfries.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:1986.51
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Wood, mahogany
Dimensions:
Height (max): 960 mm; width: 610 mm; depth (max): 390 mm
What:
Cupboard, corner
Subject:
After the poet's death in 1796, his widow, Jean Armour Burns continued to live in the family home. This cupboard was purchased by Mr. Richardson, a local school master, at the auction of the contents of the house following her death in 1834.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (belonged to his wife, Jean Armour Burns)
Jean Armour Burns (1765 - 1834) (owner (bought at the sale of her possessions by local schoolmaster, Mr Richardson))
When:
1834
Where:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
After the poet's death in 1796, his widow, Jean Armour Burns continued to live in the family home. This cupboard was purchased by Mr. Richardson, a local school master, at the auction of the contents of the house following her death in 1834.
Description:
It is typical of the style of furniture which the family would have owned. The bedroom was also furnished with a box bed and the small cast iron fireplace had a sandstone chimney piece. The floor was of wood, carpeted with rugs.