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Postcard of a portrait of Jean Armour Burns Brown

Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Project:
:Future Museum
Material:
paper
Dimensions:
width: 141 mm, length: 90 mm
What:
Robert Burns
Subject:
postcard
Who:
When:
late 19th century
Where:
Background:
Mackay, James “Burnsiana”. Ayr: Alloway Publishing Limited, 1988; Westwood, Peter J “Genealogical Charts of the Family of Robert Burns and Descending Families”. Kilmarnock: The Burns Federation, 1997; Westwood, Peter J “The Deltiology of Robert Burns”. Dumfries: Creedon Publications, 1994
Description:

A monochrome postcard from a photograph of a direct descendant of Robert Burns.

 

Jean Armour Burns Brown was the great granddaughter of Robert Burns, descended through Robert Burns junior, the poet's eldest son. From the time she was a young woman she was said to bear an uncanny resemblance to her famous forebear.

 

Because of this she became something of a celebrity in her own right, touring in Scotland and North America. She was regularly invited to ceremonies  associated with Robert Burns and appeared at many events  from the 1890s onwards until her death in 1937.

 

This postcard is evidence of her celebrity. It  reproduces her autograph, "Yours very sincerely Jean Armour Burns Brown".