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Diary, in 16 volumes, 1794 - 1809

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William Grierson's diaries, 1794 to 1809

Introduction:
William Grierson, a Dumfries merchant, was a friend and admirer of Robert Burns. After the poet's death he was instrumental in the erection of Burns Mausoleum and the formation of Dumfries Burns Club.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
DUMFM:0198.201.1 - 16
Project:
39:Robert Burns in Dumfries and Galloway
Material:
Paper; animal skin, calf (boards)
Dimensions:
Page size: 110 mm x 165 mm
What:
Diary, in 16 volumes, 1794 - 1809
Subject:
The sixteen volumes of manuscript diaries were preserved by William Grierson's son, Dr T B Grierson, who was a notable local antiquarian and who established a museum in Thornhill.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) (account of his funeral)
William Grierson (Dumfries) (20 December 1773 - 1852) (author (his personal diaries from the age of twenty))
When:
1 January 1794 - 31 December 1809
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The sixteen volumes of manuscript diaries were preserved by William Grierson's son, Dr T B Grierson, who was a notable local antiquarian and who established a museum in Thornhill.
Description:
He kept these diaries from 1794 when he was twenty and from them we can obtain a first hand account of Robert Burns last illness, death and funeral.