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The Seal of Robert Burns cut into glass in presentation box

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The Poets Seal in presentation box

Introduction:
Robert Burns (1759-96) Scotland's National poet was born in a small thatched cottage in Alloway, Ayrshire the son of a market gardener who feued 7 acres locally. During a short period the farmer poet composed a wealth of songs and poems. He died of heart disease in Dumfries aged 37 years.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT607
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Glass & silver
Dimensions:
12cm x 8cm
What:
The Seal of Robert Burns cut into glass in presentation box
Subject:
The seal is on display in the Burns Cottage Museum in Alloway. It was formerly in the possession of the great-granddaughter of the Poet Mrs. Martha Burns Thomas (1836-1906).
Who:
Alexander Cunningham (friend of Burns in Cunningham)
Robert Burns (poet)
When:
1896
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The seal is on display in the Burns Cottage Museum in Alloway. It was formerly in the possession of the great-granddaughter of the Poet Mrs. Martha Burns Thomas (1836-1906).
Description:
The seal cut into glass and hung on a silver chain in a presentation box was designed by Burns himself. This seal is referred to by the Poet in his letter to Alexander Cunningham on 3rd. March 1794 ' I lately lost a valuable Seal, a present from a departed friend, which vexes me much'.