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'The Funeral of Burns', 1796

Introduction:
Robert Burns died in Dumfries on 21 July 1796 at just 37 years old. The poet had been a respected and popular figure and his death brought a feeling of loss to the town. Preparations were made for a public funeral to honour him. As he was serving in the Dumfries Volunteers at the time of his death a military ceremony was arranged.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
206
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 90 mm, width: 120 mm
What:
Print entitled 'The Funeral of Burns'
Subject:
This print shows the funeral procession as it leaves the Midsteeple in the centre of the town. It is engraved from an oil painting made in 1879 by William Ewart Lockhart RSA.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (his funeral)
Maxwell Burns (1796-1799) (son of the poet, Robert Burns) (his birthday)
Jean Armour Burns (1767-1834) (wife of the poet, Robert Burns) (his wife)
Dumfries Volunteer Regiment (led funeral procession)
William Forrest (engraver)
William Ewart Lockhart (1846-1900) (artist (after))
When:
July 1796 (funeral of Burns)
1879 (painted)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This print shows the funeral procession as it leaves the Midsteeple in the centre of the town. It is engraved from an oil painting made in 1879 by William Ewart Lockhart RSA.
Description:
On Monday 25 July, a great crowd gathered to watch the funeral procession. His body had been instated in the Midsteeple and the procession made its way from there to St Michael's Churchyard, where his remains were buried. On the same day his wife, Jean Armour Burns gave birth to their youngest son, Maxwell.