Robert Burns Ellisland Farm
Robert Burns Ellisland Farm is situated 7
miles north of of Dumfries town
off the A76 road.
Robert Burns Ellisland Farm is open 6th Jan
to 30th Nov - Monday to Saturday 10am – 1pm
& 2pm – 5pm - Sunday 2pm – 5pm. October –
March closed Sundays and Mondays.
1788 - Robert Burns takes a lease on this
farm. The local landowner, Patrick Miller of
Dalswinton Estate, had offered Robert the
choice of three farms.
Robert chose Ellisland as it was the most
scenic, next to the River Nith.
Robert built the farmhouse here and started
to work the farm with the help of relations.
Jean Armour stayed at their home in Mauchline
with her sole surviving child till the farm was
ready for them.
1788 – Robert became a father to twin girls,
born to Jean Armour.
1788 - Robert also became the father to
Robert Burns Clow, born to Jenny Clow, a
domestic servant from Edinburgh. Burns met her
when promoting his work in Edinburgh.
1788 – Robert writes Auld Lang Syne.
1789 – Robert begins work as an excise
officer, leaving the running of the farm to his
wife Jean and relations working for him.
1789 – Becomes a father to Francis Wallace
Burns, born to Jean Armour.
1790 – Writes Tam o’ Shanter.
1791 – Moves to Dumfries as the farm land
was proving difficult to make a profit
1796 21 July, aged 37, Robert Burns died at
his home in Dumfries from heart disease.
He was buried at St Michael's Church in
Dumfries on the day Jean Armour gave birth to
Ellisland was farmed until 1921. It was then
bought by a former President of Edinburgh Burns
Club, John Wilson, to serve as a museum.
The south walk from Ellisland Farm,
alongside the River Nith, leads to the Garden of Cosmic
Speculation on a private estate, normally
only open to visitors one day a year.
The gardens were designed by Charles Jencks
born in Baltimore USA.
Jencks other large work in the area can be
viewed all year round at the north side of
Sanquhar town, named Crawick
This work was created on the site of a
former opencast coal mine, 27 miles north of
Country House Hotel is situated one mile
north of Ellisland Farm with connections to
Friars Carse was originally the home of the
Riddell family with Robert Burns a regular
houseguest. The Whistle Restaurant is where the
famous drinking competition was held between
Burns and Fergusson of Craigdarroch.
You can visit the hotel for drinks, meals
and to view where Burns enjoyed visiting.
Other interesting pages for Robert Burns
Robert Burns House Museum in
for his Birthplace Museum.
Kirkoswald Village where he
attended school and where the characters of his
poem Tam O Shanter came from and are
Village where he met and married Jean
Armour, and also had an affair with Highland