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Photograph of 11 Bank Street, Dumfries, 1999

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Robert Burns' house in Bank Street, Dumfries

Introduction:
By the end of 1791 Robert Burns' career in the Excise became established, he quit Ellisland Farm, selling off his farming stock by public roup, or auction, and moved with his family to this tenement flat in Bank Street, Dumfries overlooking the Whitesands and the River Nith. At that time Bank Street was also known as the Wee Vennel or the Stinking Vennel.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
191
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
What:
Photograph of 11 Bank Street, Dumfries, 1999
Subject:
Below was the office of Burns' Excise superior and friend, John Syme. In February 1792 he was promoted to the Dumfries Port Division with an increase in salary to ¶œ70 a year. This also allowed him more free time and the days in Bank Street were a period of prolific song writing for him.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (he lived here)
Robert Chambers (1802-1871) (biographer of Burns)
John Syme (1755-1831) (set up Mausoleum fund)
When:
1999
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
Below was the office of Burns' Excise superior and friend, John Syme. In February 1792 he was promoted to the Dumfries Port Division with an increase in salary to ¶œ70 a year. This also allowed him more free time and the days in Bank Street were a period of prolific song writing for him.
Description:
The street outside had an open sewer running down it from the market in the High Street to the river. Their small flat was on the second floor and had only two rooms and a bed closet, 'the only place he has in which to seclude himself for study' according to Robert Chambers.