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Robert Burns' burgess ticket, 1787

Introduction:
Robert Burns' first contact with Dumfries came in 1787 during his tour of the Borders with his friend, Robert Ainslie. Following the success of the Kilmarnock edition of his poems his fame travelled before him.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:0198.23
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Paper; textile, ribbon
Dimensions:
279 mm x 218 mm
What:
Document, Burgess Ticket, 1787
Subject:
A burgess ticket was a considerable asset to an inhabitant of the town, allowing merchants and craftsmen to trade and entitling their children to education in the town's academy.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (owner (presented to him by the town of Dumfries))
John Aitken (signed by)
Thomson Collection (Hole In The Wa, High Street, Dumfries) (from)
When:
4 June 1787
Where:
Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
A burgess ticket was a considerable asset to an inhabitant of the town, allowing merchants and craftsmen to trade and entitling their children to education in the town's academy.
Description:
The Town Council of Dumfries resolved to make him an honorary burgess, or freeman, of the town, little knowing at that time that he would one day come to live there.