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Toddy kettle which belonged to Robert Burns

Introduction:
This large copper kettle was used by Robert Burns and his family during the time they lived in Burns House, Dumfries. Burns may have used it to make toddy, whisky diluted with hot water and sweetened with sugar, which was commonly served in Scottish homes
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:0198.371
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Metal, copper
Dimensions:
Height (max): 320 mm; width (base): 170 mm; length (base): 200 mm
What:
Kettle, toddy
Subject:
Bought at a public sale of the Philes collection in February 1915 by Walter Scott of New York, Past Royal Chief of the Order of Scottish Clans and presented by him to Dumfries Burns Club, January 25th 1925.'.
Who:
Dumfries Burns Club (given to them by Walter Scott, New York, 25 January 1925)
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (owner)
John Allen (New York) (owner (purchased kettle from the Globe Tavern (Inn), Dumfries))
Walter Scott (New York) (given by him to Dumfries Burns Club, 25 January 1925)
Walter Scott (New York) (given by him to Dumfries Burns Club, 25 January 1925)
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (owner)
When:
Late 18th century
Where:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
Bought at a public sale of the Philes collection in February 1915 by Walter Scott of New York, Past Royal Chief of the Order of Scottish Clans and presented by him to Dumfries Burns Club, January 25th 1925.'.
Description:
It was later used for similar purposes in the Globe Inn, Dumfries, which was Burns favourite inn or 'howff'. The inscription on the kettle reads, 'Most prized of the Burns relics. Copper kettle used by Burns at his home in Dumfries.