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Plan of the Towns of Dumfries and Maxwelltown, 1819

Introduction:
When Robert Burns exchanged the role of farmer for that of Exciseman he moved with his family from Ellisland Farm into a tenement flat in Bank Street, Dumfries, close to the Whitesands and the River Nith. The family lived here from 1791 until 1793 when they moved to a better quality house in Mill Street (now Burns Street).
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
238
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Frame - length: 695 mm, width: 595 mm
Subject:
This town plan shows the street plan of the town as Robert Burns would have known it. Many of the places he frequented in the town can be identified.
Who:
John Wood (surveyor)
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (he lived here)
When:
1819 (surveyed)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This town plan shows the street plan of the town as Robert Burns would have known it. Many of the places he frequented in the town can be identified.
Description:
Dumfries at that time was a lively town of some 5,600 inhabitants, mostly living tightly packed into tenement closes of red sandstone. The town was a busy port and in 1792 Burns was promoted to the Dumfries Port Division of the Excise.