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Uniform jacket, Royal Dumfriesshire Volunteers

Introduction:
The Royal Dumfriesshire Volunteers were founded in 1795 to counter the threat from post revolutionary France. Burns, whose loyalty to Great Britain had been called into question by his support for the French revolutionaries, joined immediately.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:0198.115
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Textile, wool; metal, brass (buttons); metal, silver (badge)
Dimensions:
Length (back): 840 mm, sleeve: 700 mm
What:
Uniform jacket, Royal Dumfriesshire Volunteers
Subject:
This is the red uniform jacket of the period, similar to the one which Burns would have worn.
Who:
Royal Dumfriesshire Volunteers (their regimental jacket)
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (style of jacket worn by him when he was a member)
When:
c 1795
Where:
Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This is the red uniform jacket of the period, similar to the one which Burns would have worn.
Description:
He had also lost the friendship of Mrs. Dunlop, an Edinburgh correspondent, because of his political leanings, and he now sent a song, 'The Dumfries Volunteers', to her. This song became popular throughout Britain.