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Postcard of a colour tinted photograph of Burns Cottage, Alloway

Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Project:
:Future Museum
Material:
paper
Dimensions:
width: 139 mm, length: 90 mm
What:
Robert Burns
Subject:
postcard
Who:
Raphael Tuck and Sons (Publisher)
When:
20th Century
Where:
Background:
Crawford, Robert “The Bard – Robert Burns, a Biography”. London: Jonathan Cape, 2009; Gibson, James “The Bibliography of Robert Burns, with Biographical and Bibliographical Notes and Sketches of Burns Clubs, Monuments and Statues”. Kilmarnock: James M’Kie, 1881; Hogg, Patrick Scott “Robert Burns – The Patriot Bard”. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 2008; Lindsay, Maurice “Robert Burns – The Man, his Work, the Legend”. New York and London: Robert Hale and St Martin’s Press, 1979; Lindsay, Maurice “The Burns Encyclopaedia”, 3rd edition. London and New York: Robert Hale and St Martin’s Press, 1980; Mackay, James “Burnsiana”. Ayr: Alloway Publishing Limited, 1988; Mackay, James “A Biography of Robert Burns”. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992; McIntyre, Ian “Dirt & Deity – A Life of Robert Burns”. London: HarperCollins, 1995; Westwood, Peter J “The Deltiology of Robert Burns”. Dumfries: Creedon Publications, 1994
Description:

"Burns Cottage, Ayr". A coloured lithographic postcard of the cottage in which Robert Burns was born.

 

Robert Burns was born at Alloway near Ayr on the 25th January 1759, the eldest of seven children of Agnes and William Burnes. His father was a market gardener, who, having acquired a small holding of land, had built this cottage with its whitewashed clay walls and thatched roof with his own hands.

 

The poet's father sold the cottage in 1781 and it was used as a public house until May 1881. By this time it had become a place of pilgrimage for Burns enthusiasts from around the world. It was purchased for £4,000 by the Trustees of the National Burns Monument and opened to the public.

 

Burns' birthplace and the National Burns Monument Gardens at Alloway were a  landmark for those visiting "Burns' Country" at the time this postcard was published by Raphael Tuck and Sons. This company published many early postcards, the printing technique used for this one is described as  "Rapholette Glosso".