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Photograph of Burns Mausoleum Statuary Group, 1896

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Statuary Group in Burns' Mausoleum, Dumfries, 1896

Introduction:
Robert Burns was originally buried in St Michael's Churchyard, Dumfries, in a simple grave, marked only by a plain stone slab. In 1803 when Dorothy and William Wordsworth visited Dumfries they had difficulty in even finding the grave. Burns' admirers came to believe that this was an insufficient memorial to the poet.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
18
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 198 mm, width: 142 mm
What:
Photograph of Burns Mausoleum Statuary Group, 1896
Subject:
The statuary group which is the subject of this photograph was designed and worked by Peter Turnerelli. It depicts Burns' own conception of 'Coila', representing the Ayrshire district of Kyle where he was born, throwing her inspiring mantle over the poet as he works at the plough.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (his burial place)
John Syme (1755-1831) (set up Mausoleum fund)
Thomas Frederick Hunt (1791-1831) (architect of Mausoleum)
Peter Turnerelli (1774-1839) (sculptor)
King George IV (1762-1830) (subscriber to Mausoleum fund)
Dorothy Wordsworth (1771-1855) (visited Burns grave)
William Wordsworth (1770-1850) (visited Burns grave)
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (his burial place)
When:
1896
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The statuary group which is the subject of this photograph was designed and worked by Peter Turnerelli. It depicts Burns' own conception of 'Coila', representing the Ayrshire district of Kyle where he was born, throwing her inspiring mantle over the poet as he works at the plough.
Description:
In 1813 his friend, John Syme formed a committee and launched an appeal to build a mausoleum in his memory. One of the subscribers was the Prince Regent, later George IV. After a public advertisement, over 50 designs were received and the plans of T F Hunt, a London architect were approved.