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The Royal Burgh of Dumfries

Provost's Cane, Royal Burgh of Dumfries

Period:
17th Century
Description:

It is inscribed "Proveist Dumfreis, A Loreburn, Ex Bono M Hairstains".

 

The Hairstains family owned the estate of Craigs on the outskirts of Dumfries.  The historian, Robert Edgar, records, "...one of the family gifted a Brazil staff with a silver head to the Provost of Dumfries, which each Provost receives at his admission".

 

The Royal Burgh of Dumfries ceased to exist when local government was reorganised into a two tier system of districts and regions in 1975.  In turn, this was replaced by unitary authorities in 1996.

Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1996.30.4
Digital Number:
DMAC043a-e
Creation Date:
c1650
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council


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