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Issue 43 - Burns treasures uncovered

Scotland Magazine Issue 43
February 2009

 

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Burns treasures uncovered

As the National Trust for Scotland prepares to begin work on a new Robert Burns museum, a fragment of his wife’s wedding dress has been returned to Scotland to go on display.

The NTS tracked down a fragment of the black silk dress Jean Armour wore to marry Burns in 1788. Burns’ descendant Alan Archibald discovered the artefact at an auction house in San Francisco and has loaned it to the NTS. It is the first time since 1896 that the public will have the opportunity to view the fragment. Around that time black was a common colour for a wedding dress as it was seen as a sign of affluence.

The conservation charity has also published numerous letters by Robert Burns on a new website. More than 90 letters dating from 1787 will appear online, and visitors to the site will be able to leave their thoughts and comments underneath each newly added letter. www.burnsletters.wordpress.com