Masonic apron

Robert Burns first became a Mason when he lived in Ayrshire. On 27th December 1788, soon after he moved to Ellisland, he joined St Andrews Lodge 179, Dumfries. The apron was presented to Burns on 12th December 1791.   The inscription reads, 'Charles Sharpe of Hotham to Rabbie Burns. Dumfries, Dec 12 1791'. Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe (1750 - 1813) of Hoddam was a good friend of Burns, being a violinist and composer of music and verse.   The semicircular flap at the top was peculiar to Scotland - English and Irish ones were usually trinagular.
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L 616mm, W 505mm
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skin, leather, chamois
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Dumfries & Galloway Council
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