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Authentic Engraving of Robert Burns
from the home of Jean Armour (Burns' wife)

The most famous painting of Robert Burns was painted by Alexander Nasmyth and now hangs in the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.

A mezzotint engraving of it was afterwards published by William Walker. The painter, Alexander Nasmyth, was heard to say to Mr. Walker." Your admirable engraving conveys to me a more true and lively remembrance of Burns than my own picture of him does; it so perfectly renders the spirit of his expression, as well as the details of his every feature."

Original hand written note from Jean Armour (Robert Burns' widow) and son Henry Burns.

Letter of authenticity on back from
Burns' grand-daughter Sarah.

Printer's Ring identifies - Engraving by Wm. Walker - Strike Date of December 1830

Robt Burns

James Bogie with the
Kind regards of Mrs Robt Burns
and H. Burns - 9th Augt 1832

Transcript of Note on front handwritten by
James Glencairn Burns

3 Berkeley Street
July 9th 1888

Dear Sir,

I'm told you require
a note from me about
the engraving you have
to dispose of. I recognized it at once in your shop as my
father Col Burns' hand
writing. Mr Bogie who lived
at Terraughtie with John Maxwell was a beloved friend
of my Grandmother Burns,
The Poet's widow

I remain
Yours truly

S (Burns) Hutchinson

Transcript of letter of authenticity on back handwritten by Sarah Burns Hutchinson

A Brief History

Robert Burns
25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796

Married Jean Armour: 1788

Etching Plate made 1830 by William Walker.
Etching sent to James Bogie 1832 (Sarah was 11 years old)

Note written by James (Robert Burns' Son) on behalf of Jean Armour at age 38 (Jean was 72)

Jean Armour Burns continued to live in the family home on Mill Street in Dumfries following the poet's death in 1796. She remained there for the rest of her life and by the time of her own death in 1834, the house had become a place of pilgrimage.

It is most likely that this is where the engraving was sent from.

Another strike of the very same plate hangs in the Robert Burns Cottage Museum

Letter of authenticity written by Robert Burns' Grand-daughter
Sarah Burns Hutchinson (daughter of James) - 1888 (at age 67)

James Glencairn Burns was born to Jean on 12 August 1794 in Dumfries and married Sarah Robinson in April 1818. In the forces he rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He died at the age of 71. James had three children. They were Jean, Robert, and Sarah. Sarah became the wife of Dr B W Hutchinson. Mrs Hutchinson's son, Robert Burns Hutchinson, was the only direct make descendant of the poet's. He lived in America, where he was a clerk in a shipping office.

Sarah Elizabeth Maitland Tombs Burns was born on 2 November 1821 in Neemuch, India. She was the daughter of James Glencairn Burns and Sarah Robinson. She married Berkeley Westropp Hutchinson, son of John Francis Hutchinson and Lucy Ann Westropp, on 24 July 1847 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. She died on 12 July 1909 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, at age 87.

.....There being no room at the north corner of the churchyard where Burns was at first buried for the erection of a bulky structure, the mausoleum was built on a site in the south-east, so that the body had to be transported thither — a delicate duty, which was performed with as much privacy as possible. On the 19th of September, Mr. William Grierson of Boatford, the zealous secretary to the committee, Mr. James Thomson, superintendent of the monument, Mr. Milligan, builder, and Mr. James Bogie, gardener, proceeded to the spot before the sun had risen, and made so good use of their time that the imposing ceremony was well-nigh completed before the public had time to assemble, or in fact were aware of the important duty in which the other's had been engaged.

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