Robert Burns House Dumfries
Robert Burns House is on Burns Street, a
short walk south of Dumfries town
Robert Burns House is open all year from the
25th March to 30th September, Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun
2-5. From the 1st October to March, Tues – Sat
10-1 and 2-5. Postcode: DG1 2PS
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1788 - Robert Burns began working as an
Exciseman when running his Ellisland Farm 7 miles north of
Dumfries, now a Museum. Some relations and his
wife Jean Armour ran the Farm from that
1789 - Burns was appointed Excise Officer
for Dumfries, a duty trying to make sure
Businessmen paid Taxes on certain goods such as
Tee, Wine, and Tobacco.
1791 – Robert Burns and his family moved
from the Farm of Ellisland to Dumfries.
This year he writes ‘Ae Fond Kiss’ and
becomes a father to Elizabeth, born to Ann
Ann Park had an
affair with burns when she was visiting
relations that ran the Globe Inn, the
Dumfries Pub where burns drank, still in the
town centre for drinks and meals.
Jean Armour gave birth to their son William
Nicol Burns a few days later.
1792 - Burns was promoted to the Dumfries
Port Division with a salary of £50 per year,
more than he was earning from sales of his
1792 – becomes a father to Elizabeth Riddell
Burns, to Jean Armour.
1793 - Burns and his family rent this
building now known as Robert Burns House. This
Street at the time was named Mill Street.
1794 – becomes a father to James Glencairn
Burns, to Jean Armour.
1796 - Burns visits the Brow Well 10 miles
south of Dumfries to try and cure his
1796 – Robert Burns dies in Dumfries on July
21st aged 37 from chronic rheumatic heart
He is Buried in a cramped Grave at St
Michael's Church at the end of Burns
Robert’s youngest son, Maxwell Burns, is
born to Jean on the day of his Funeral.
1817 - a grand Mausoleum is built at St
Michael's Church for Burns and his family.
Burns and two of his young sons are then
re-buried in the Mausoleum.
1834 - Jean Armour dies at this House, then
buried next to Robert in St Michael's Church
1903 - the Town Council took over Robert
Burns House so it could be preserved as a
2004 - a Statue of Jean Armour was erected
at the end of Burns Street, outside St
Other interesting pages for Robert Burns
for his Birthplace Museum.
Kirkoswald Village where
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