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In pictures: Burns Collection

Alexander Nasmyth's portrait of Burns (Pic courtesy of the National Galleries of Scotland)

Robert Burns artefacts have been brought together for the first time in an exhibition that will be touring the country. Alexander Naysmyth's 1787 portrait of Burns is the most well-known image of the Ayrshire poet.

Manuscript of Auld Lang Syne (Pic courtesy of the Burns Cottage Museum)

The manuscript for Auld Lang Syne - often sung to celebrate the start of the new year - was written in Robert Burns' own hand around 1788. The poem is about love and friendship in times past.

Robert Burns' masonic apron  (Pic courtesy of Dumfries and Galloway Museums)

Robert Burns's masonic apron, given to him by the composer Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe, in 1791. Burns became a freemason in Lodge Tarbolton and was their deputy master for four years.

Jean Armour's wedding ring (Pic courtesy of Dumfries and Galloway Museums)

Jean Armour's wedding ring is being shown at the exhibition. She and Burns were married in 1788 and had nine children, three of whom survived into adulthood.

Robert Burns' drinking horn (Pic courtesy of Dumfries and Galloway Museums)

Burns's widow Jean Armour gave her husband's drinking horn to a friend as a memento after his death in 1796.

Burns' cravat pin (Pic courtesy of Dumfries and Galloway Museums)

This cravat pin is made from a polished agate pebble, which Burns discovered at Braemar during his short tour of the Highlands in 1787.

Tam o'Shanter manuscript (Pic courtesy of the Burns Cottage Museum)

Tam o'Shanter, first published in 1791, is about a man who stayed too long at the pub and witnessed a disturbing vision on his way home.

John Faed's interpretation of a scene from Tam o'Shanter

An interpretation by the Scottish artist John Faed of the famous scene in which Tam o'Shanter is pursued by Cutty Sark to the Auld Brig o' Doon.



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