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Pin cushion of wood from Robert Burns' travelling kist

Introduction:
This pin cushion is made of wood from the kist or chest which Robert Burns had made to transport his belongings prior to his proposed emigration to Jamaica in 1786.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:0198.446
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Wood (base, top); textile (sides, padding)
Dimensions:
Diameter: 50 mm; depth: 12 mm
What:
Pin cushion
Subject:
In the winter of 1785 and 1786 Robert Burns had resolved to leave Scotland, taking Mary Campbell with him. Whether it was her sudden death or the success of the Kilmarnock edition of his poems which deflected him from this course of action is not known.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (made from the kist or chest that he had made prior to his proposed sailing to Jamaica)
When:
Early 19th century (date of manufacture of pin cushion)
1785 or 1786 (date of manufacture of kist)
Where:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
In the winter of 1785 and 1786 Robert Burns had resolved to leave Scotland, taking Mary Campbell with him. Whether it was her sudden death or the success of the Kilmarnock edition of his poems which deflected him from this course of action is not known.
Description:
Relics of Robert Burns and his family were treasured and preserved and those who could not afford to acquire entire articles made do with fragments such as these.