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I am ever yours, Robert Burns

posted 9 Jan 2009, 22:54 by David Rintoul   [ updated 27 Jan 2009, 17:39 ]
Robert Burns (1759-1796), Scotland’s national bard, is best-remembered for his timeless songs and poems. Yet he was also an accomplished letter-writer who corresponded with over 200 people during his short life.

This small but significant selection of manuscripts on display at the Writers’ Museum focuses on 8 recipients of letters from Burns between 1783 and 1796.

The letters themselves help to reveal something of Burns’ character – his strengths and weaknesses, his humour and seriousness, his frankness and common-sense, his friends and acquaintances, his family ties, his love of his country and his history.

Running 'til 18th April 2009

The Writer's Museum
Situated in Lady Stair's House, built in 1622, The Writers' Museum is dedicated to the lives and work of Scotland's great literary figures, in particluar Robert Burns (1759-1796), Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) and Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894).

The rich collection of portraits, manuscripts and personal exhibits include Burns' writing desk, Scott's chessboard, dining table and the printing press on which his Waverley novels were produced. The Stevenson collection is the most significant in the United Kingdom. Other prominent Scottish writers, including contemporary authors, are featured in the museum's programme of temporary exhibitions.

The courtyard immediately outside The Writers' Museum has been designated as Makers' Court. Here you can find inscriptions commemorating famous Scottish writers, from the 14th century to the present.

The Writer's Museum
Lady Stair's Close, Lawnmarket, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PA (map)
Open: Monday to Saturday 10.00 to 17.00
Admission Free

Contact Information:
Tel: 0131 529 4901

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