Robert Burns Centenary Procession

A monochrome photographic print of the procession held in Dumfries, on the first centenary of the poet's death in 1896.   The first centenary of Robert Burns' death was marked on the 21st July 1896. The centenary of the poet's birth in 1859 had been a memorable occasion for the townspeople of Dumfries and the events to commemorate his death held in 1896 were no less imposing.   The organisers included Sir Robert Threshie Reid MP, later Lord Loreburn who was President of Dumfries Burns Club, and the Earl of Rosebery. Joseph Johnstone Glover, the Provost of Dumfries was chairman of the organising committee. Lord Rosebery took a leading role in the days proceedings and delivered "a memorable oration on the Bard".   This photograph is of the centenary procession, coming along the High Street and entering Queensberry Square with horse drawn floats decorated with flowers, banners representing Burns organisations and the different trades of the town and brass and pipe bands.
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Dumfries & Galloway Council
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