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Masonic apron, a gift from Robert Burns to John Gordon of Kenmuir

Introduction:
Robert Burns gave this Masonic apron to John Gordon, Viscount Kenmure on his visit to Kenmuir Castle during the tour of Galloway which he and his friend, John Syme, undertook in 1793. The visit inspired Burns to write 'Scots Wha Hae'.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:0198.419
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Animal skin, leather; textile, ribbon
Dimensions:
Length: 750 mm; width: 560 mm
What:
Apron, masonic
Subject:
In 1791, when he moved to Dumfries, Burns became a member of St Andrew's Lodge No 179 and he last visited this lodge three months before his death.
Who:
John Gordon, Viscount Kenmure (Kenmuir Castle, Kirkcudbrightshire) (given to him by Robert Burns (1793))
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (given by him to John Gordon (Kenmuir Castle, Kirkcudbrightshire) (1793))
When:
1793
Where:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
In 1791, when he moved to Dumfries, Burns became a member of St Andrew's Lodge No 179 and he last visited this lodge three months before his death.
Description:
During the last quarter of the 18th century, Freemasonry was at the height of its popularity. Burns became a Mason in 1781 and remained actively involved throughout his life. Many of his most influential connections were made through Freemasonry.