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The story of Burns sending carronades to revolutionary France in 1792 first appears in the biography by John Gibson Lockhart (1828). An analysis of the extant evidence, including documents in the National Library of Scotland, suggests the unlikelihood of the narrative and it may be that its...
Greenock Burns Club is the oldest extant Burns Club in the world. While it has disavowed claims to have been the first Burns Club, and holding the first Burns Supper (in favour of the now-defunct Allowa’ Club), it maintains its foundation date is 1801. Contemporary records prove that while the...
This article examines how a museum collection was developed from the 1950s at Ellisland Farm, the home of Robert Burns from 1788–91. In 1953, following the death of Matthew McKerrow, the Ellisland Trust’s energetic Secretary, the museum entered a new phase which focused more on the modernisation...
This article compares the ways Shakespeare and Burns have been placed on pedestals, shaping our memory of them as national poets. It reviews how each came to represent in different ways ‘national bardship’, identifying a range of public events and statues raised which set the poets’ specific...
John Younger (1785–1860) of St Boswells, a self-taught shoemaker, was a renowned free thinker and a passionate writer. Originally inspired by Burns, he produced two books of poetry, an angling manual, and a justification of Sabbath observance; his vividly-detailed autobiography was published...
A report on auctions of Burns and related matters, and on the Blavatnik Honresfield Library
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