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Jane Emma Burns Brown and Jean Armour Burns Brown at the doorway of Burns House, Dumfries c 1905
A monochrome photographic print of two direct descendents of Robert Burns, taken at the house in which he died
Jane Emma Burns Brown was the daughter of Robert Burns junior, the poet's eldest son and one of the few members of his family who continued to live in Dumfries. Her eldest daughter, Jean Armour Burns Brown, was said to bear an uncanny resemblance to her famous forebear.
Because of this she became something of a celebrity in her own right, touring in Scotland and North America. She was regularly invited to ceremonies and events associated with Robert Burns and occurs in many photographs from the 1890s onwards until her death in 1937.
This photograph shows mother and daughter on the steps outside Burns House, Dumfries. It was taken shortly after 1903 when the house was let to the Town Council of Dumfries and the room in which the poet died was opened to the public as a small Burns museum, although the remainder of the house was still was occupied by a caretaker.
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