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Photograph of Globe Inn Close, Dumfries, 1940s

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The Globe Inn Close, Dumfries c 1940

Introduction:
When Robert Burns came to live in Dumfries in 1791, the Globe Inn was one of the more fashionable public houses of the town. The landlords at that time were the Hyslop family and Burns soon became a regular customer, mentioning them by name in several poems and letters.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
40
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Length: 92 mm, width: 141 mm
What:
Photograph of Globe Inn Close, Dumfries, 1940s
Subject:
As the reputation of the Globe Inn as Burn's 'howff' in Dumfries grew, it became an attraction for those visiting Burns' haunts in and around the town. In the 1940s it was purchased by M H McKerrow who was President of the Burns Federation and a life long Burns enthusiast in order to preserve its associations with the poet.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (he visited here)
William 'Jock' Hyslop (Globe Inn, Dumfries) (landlord)
Mrs 'Meg' Hyslop (Globe Inn, Dumfries) (landlady)
Matthew Henry McKerrow (previous owner)
Burns Howff Club (Dumfries) (meeting place of)
When:
c 1940
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
As the reputation of the Globe Inn as Burn's 'howff' in Dumfries grew, it became an attraction for those visiting Burns' haunts in and around the town. In the 1940s it was purchased by M H McKerrow who was President of the Burns Federation and a life long Burns enthusiast in order to preserve its associations with the poet.
Description:
In the upstairs bedroom two small window panes still bear inscriptions by the poet, whilst other poems connected with the inn are, 'At the Globe Tavern' and 'Lines Written on Windows of the Globe Tavern'. The Hyslop family obviously were tolerant of this vandalism by their literary guest!