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Robert Burns Grave Dumfries

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Robert Burns Grave and Mausoleum are in St Michael's Church Graveyard, a short walk south of Dumfries town centre.

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1788 - Robert Burns moved to the Dumfries area, aged 29, to run Ellisland Farm 7 miles north of Dumfries, now a Museum.

1791 – Robert Burns and his family gave up the lease of the Farm and moved into Dumfries as he had by then been working full time as an Excise Officer, collecting Taxes on Imported Goods.

1793 - Burns and his family rented a House on Mill Street, now known as Robert Burns House, a short walk from St Michael's Church.

1796 - Burns ill health saw him visit the Brow Well 10 miles south of Dumfries in a desperate attempt to try and cure his Illness.

1796 – three days after visiting the Brow Well, Robert Burns died in Dumfries on July 21st, aged 37, from chronic rheumatic heart disease.

Burns was Buried in a cramped Grave at St Michael's Church, at the far left side corner.

Robert’s youngest son, Maxwell Burns, was born to Jean on the day of his Funeral.

1817 - a grand Mausoleum was built at St Michael's Church for Burns and his family. Burns and two of his young sons were then re-buried in the Mausoleum.

1834 - Jean Armour died at their home on Mill Street, she was buried next to Robert in St Michael's Church Mausoleum.

Mill Street was re-named Burns Street around that time.

2004 - a Statue of Jean Armour was erected at the end of Burns Street / Mill Street, outside St Michael's Church.

The Grave Stone in the Mausoleum reads:

In memory of Robert Burns who died the 21st July 1796 in the 37th year of his age, and Maxwell Burns who died 25th April 1799 aged 2 years and 9 months.

Francis Wallace Burns who died 19th July 1803, aged 14 years. His Sons.

The Remains of Burns removed into the vault below 19th September 1815. And his two sons.

Also the remains of Jean Armour.

Relict of the poet born Feb 1765, dies 26th March 1834.

And Robert his eldest son who died on the 14th May 1857, aged 57.

The information board by the Mausoleum gives information on his life and his Graves.

1813 - a number of prominent citizens in the area launched an appeal to build a Mausoleum more fitting for such a famous person.

Fifty designs were received with the plans of T F Hunt, a London Architect, and Peter Turnerelli, a Sculptor. were approved.

On the 19th September 1815, Burns body was exhumed and placed in the Mausoleum.

The death of Jean Armour in 1834, saw her buried next to Robert. Whilst the grave was open, a cast was made of Burns Scull.

The original cast of Burns scull is in the Robert Burns Centre in Dumfries.

The large image link at the top allows you to read the Information Board.

Other interesting pages for Robert Burns are:

Ellisland Farm 7 miles north of Dumfries where he worked.

Robert Burns House Museum in Dumfries by St Michael's Church where he lived when he died.

Alloway Village for his Birthplace Museum.

Kirkoswald Village where attended school and where the characters of his poem Tam O Shanter came from and are buried.

Mauchline Village where he met and married Jean Armour, and also had an affair with Highland Mary.

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