This evening, my theme is Robert Burns at Dumfries. However, will first cover off the day’s developments:

  • Ancestry Research: Posted to separate GlasgowAncestry blog information on Stewart family history from Glasgow Necropolis.
  • Glasgow Weather: Dry most of the day but cold (around freezing this evening).
  • Scotland Tours: Responded two new private tour enquiries for small groups. Finalised quote for a large group tour in the Autumn/Fall.
  • Website: Spent a few hours researching and scripting a new web page which has now been sent to my web manager for inclusion in the main, Catswhiskerstours website.

Now to my theme this evening which is the Burns connection with the Globe Inn at Dumfries. Robert Burns had a long connection with Dumfries. He moved to the town in 1791 and died there in 1796. Dumfries boats the highest concentration of Robert Burns memorabilia ( sites, stones, relics, statues and busts, etc) anywhere in the world. In particular the Globe Inn is closely associated with the poet and today it is possible to visit the Burns Room, a dark, panelled room containing Burns Chair and other Burns era items including ceramics and engravings as shown in the above image.

Burns wrote the following grace for meals at the Globe:

O Lord when hunger pinches sore,
Do thou stand us in stead,
And send us from thy bounteous store
A tup or weather head!

It was at the Globe Inn that the first ever Burns Supper was held in 1819.

In the late 18th century, Dumfries was a vibrant commercial centre and emigrant embarkation port rivalling Glasgow in importance.

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