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Postcard of a colour tinted photograph of the Burns Monument at Kilmarnock

Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
:Future Museum
width: 137 mm, length: 88 mm
Robert Burns
20th Century
Burns, Robert “The Complete Letters of Robert Burns”, Ed. James A Mackay. Ayr: Alloway Publishing Limited, 1987: Burns, Robert “The Letters of Robert Burns”, 2 vols., Ed. J de Lancey Ferguson and G Ross Roy. Oxford: Clarendon, 1985; 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;

"Burns Monument, Kilmarnock". A coloured lithographic postcard of the monument to Robert Burns in Kilmarnock.


Kilmarnock has many associations with Robert Burns, most notably the first edition of his work was printed there in 1786 by John Wilson, a local printer. Of this first edition only 612 were printed and copies of this rare book are now known as "Kilmarnock Editions".


The Burns Monument is in Kay Park and was erected in 1879. It was designed by the Kilmarnock architect, Robert Ingram and has been described as "an eclectic fusion of Scots Baronial, neo-Gothic and Italianate, with a dash of Baroque and a hint of Romanesque."


At the front of the monument there is a statue of Burns by W Grant Stevenson. The structure would still be relatively new at the time this postcard was published and would certainly have been a point of interest for those touring "Burns Country".