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Toddy ladles which belonged to Robert Burns

Introduction:
These toddy ladles, one larger and the other smaller, belonged to Robert Burns. There is a tradition that the larger one was for serving men, the smaller one for serving women.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:0198.248
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Bone
Dimensions:
Length (stem): 150 mm; diameter (bowl): 30 mm
What:
Ladle, toddy
Subject:
Toddy, or whisky diluted with warm water and sweetened with sugar, was commonly served in Scottish homes as it was thought to be good for the health as well as the spirits.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (use)
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (use)
Mrs Allan Rankine (owner)
When:
Where:
Robert Burns House, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
Toddy, or whisky diluted with warm water and sweetened with sugar, was commonly served in Scottish homes as it was thought to be good for the health as well as the spirits.
Description:
These were given to Mrs. Allan Rankine by Jean Armour Burns, the poet's widow, shortly after his death in 1796. Relics of Robert Burns and his household were treasured and preserved.