Silk scarf which belonged to Jean Armour Burns

Silk scarf which belonged to Jean Armour, the widow of the poet Robert Burns.   It was a gift from her son, Colonel William Nicol Burns, who was an officer for the East India Company.  It is said that she wore it on her last visit to Mauchline in Ayrshire where she was born and where she first met Robert Burns in 1784.  The actual date of their marriage is not known.  They had nine children, only three of whom survived into adulthood.   After Robert Burns' death in 1796, Jean continued to live in the family home in Burns Street, Dumfries.  She remained there until her own death in 1834.
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width 680mm
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textile, silk
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