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Masonic apron which belonged to Robert Burns

Introduction:
This Masonic apron was given to Robert Burns from by Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe of Hoddam on 12 December 1791. Sharpe was a close friend of Burns, being a violinist and a composer of music and verse. He was also a prominent local Freemason.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:1991.43
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Animal skin, leather; animal skin, chamois
Dimensions:
Length (triangular flap): 167 mm; width (triangular flap): 372 mm
What:
Apron, masonic
Subject:
During his time in Edinburgh he frequented the Canongate Kilwinning Lodge and made many important friends there. In 1791, when he moved to Dumfries, Burns became a member of St Andrew's Lodge and he last visited this lodge three months before his death.
Who:
St Andrews Lodge 179 (Dumfries) (Robert Burns was affiliated as a member on 27 December 1788)
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (owner (given to him by Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe of Hoddam on 12th December 1791))
Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe (1750 - 1813) (Hoddam) (given by him to Robert Burns (12 December 1791))
When:
1791
Where:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
During his time in Edinburgh he frequented the Canongate Kilwinning Lodge and made many important friends there. In 1791, when he moved to Dumfries, Burns became a member of St Andrew's Lodge 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 involved throughout his life. Many of his most influential connections were made through Freemasonry.