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Pair of pistols used by Burns when on excise duties

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Pair of pistols carried by Burns when on excise duties

Introduction:
Robert Burns (1759-96) Scotland's National Poet was born in a small thatched cottage in Alloway, Ayrshire the son of a market gardener. During a short lifetime the farmer poet composed a wealth of songs and poems. Aged 30 he was weary with farming and took up a position as an exciseman.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT58
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Wood and metal
Dimensions:
30cm long
What:
Pair of pistols used by Burns when on excise duties
Subject:
The pistols are on display in the Burns Cottage Museum, Alloway, with other excise documents and artefacts belonging to the Poet.
Who:
Robert Burns (poet)
When:
1790's
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The pistols are on display in the Burns Cottage Museum, Alloway, with other excise documents and artefacts belonging to the Poet.
Description:
The 2 pistols on display were used by Burns on his excise duties. His position as an exciseman was an exacting one and he travelled up to 200 miles a week on horseback in order to fulfill his duties.