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Silk scarf which belonged to Jean Armour Burns

Introduction:
This silk scarf belonged to Jean Armour Burns, the poet's widow. It was gift from her son, Colonel William Nicol Burns, who was an officer in the East India Company.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:1964.144.19
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Textile, silk
Dimensions:
Width: 680 mm
What:
Scarf, silk
Subject:
They had nine children, only three of whom survived into adulthood. After Robert Burns' death in 1796, Jean continued to live in the family home in Burns Street, Dumfries. She remained there until her own death in 1834.
Who:
William Nicol Burns (1791 - 1872) (son of the poet, Robert Burns) (a gift from him to his mother, Jean Armour Burns)
Thomson Collection (Hole in the Wa', High Street, Dumfries) (from)
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (given to his wife by his son, William Nicol Burns)
Jean Armour Burns (1765 - 1834) (owner (a present from her son, William Nicol Burns))
When:
c 1828
Where:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
They had nine children, only three of whom survived into adulthood. After Robert Burns' death in 1796, Jean continued to live in the family home in Burns Street, Dumfries. She remained there until her own death in 1834.
Description:
It is said that she wore it on her last visit to Mauchline in Ayrshire where she was born and where she first met Robert Burns in 1784. The actual date of their marriage is not known.