Wreath Laying Ceremony at Burns Mausoleum, c 1905

A monochrome photographic print of dignitaries, assembled on the poet's birthday, 25th January.   Robert Burns was originally buried in St Michael's Churchyard, Dumfries, in a simple grave, marked only by a plain stone slab. In 1803 when Dorothy and William Wordsworth visited Dumfries they had difficulty in even finding the grave. Burns' admirers came to believe that this was an insufficient memorial to the poet.   In 1813 his friend, John Syme formed a committee and launched an appeal to build a mausoleum in his memory. One of the subscribers was the Prince Regent, later George IV. The mausoleum was completed in September 1817.   The laying of wreaths at the mausoleum on the poet's birthday was instigated by Dumfries Burns Club. This ceremony was observed throughout the 19th century and formed  part of the celebrations of the first and second centenary of his birth. It is still an important element of the rituals of Burns' birthday today.
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Alex McDougall
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width: 207 mm, length: 148 mm
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Photograph, PEOPLE, Robert Burns / 32
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Dumfries & Galloway Council
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