Kenmure Castle

An image of the seat of John Gordon, Viscount Kenmure in Kirkcudbrightshire, made around the time that Robert Burns visited there.   In 1793 Robert Burns and his friend, John Syme made a tour of the historic sites of Galloway. They visited Kenmure Castle, at the head of Loch Ken, the home of John Gordon, Viscount Kenmure. Gordon was MP for the county and  a fellow Freemason, referred to by Burns as, "Kenmure sae generous" in an election ballad.   The Gordon family had been Jacobite sympathisers who lost their fortune and estates following the 1715 Rebellion. It was here that Burns was inspired to write his song, "Scots Wha Hae".   This copper plate engraving was printed by S Hooper of London and published in Captain Francis Grose's two volume, "Antiquities of Scotland". Robert Burns and Francis Grose met and became friends whilst Grose was researching his book. Burns wrote the poem, "Tam O'Shanter" as a "witch story" to accompany the engraving of Alloway Kirk which was published in it.
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Dumfries & Galloway Council
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