Among some of the most prized exhibits of the collections

of Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway are some surviving

manuscripts written in Burns' own hand and by his family, friends

and contemporaries. It is fitting that the museums in the area have

managed to keep these most important of all the relics related to

the poet in the area where he was born, worked, socialised and

died; not least because very many of them were inspired by and

reflect the character of the regions people, their society and the

landscape both urban and rural that he knew so well. Many

manuscripts also survive which relate to Burns but which were

written not by the poet himself but by his family, associates and

admirers, this gallery also contains a selection of these


Many of the letters presented here are from the 19th Century written as local luminaries set up Burns clubs and attempt to hold annual celebrations to mark the Bard's birthday, now nationally celebrated on January 25th; Burns Night.
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