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Uniform jacket, Royal Dumfriesshire Volunteers
The Royal Dumfriesshire Volunteers were founded in 1795 to counter the threat from post revolutionary France. Burns, whose loyalty to Great Britain had been called into question by his support for the French revolutionaries, joined immediately.
He had also lost the friendship of Mrs. Dunlop, an Edinburgh correspondent, because of his political leanings, and he now sent a song, "The Dumfries Volunteers", to her. This song became popular throughout Britain.
This is the red uniform jacket of the period, similar to the one which Burns would have worn.
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