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Swordcane belonging to Robert Burns

Swordcane which belonged to Robert Burns while he was working as an Excise Officer in Dumfries.

Made to resemble a walking stick, the swordcane has an ashwood casing with a blade of steel inserted into handle. Handle has a silver disc set into the head, engraved with "R. Burns". Used as a defensive weapon while working as an Exciseman.

Colonel James Glencairn Burns, son of the Poet, wrote to James Ballantyne in a letter (LSH 680/92) dated 25 May, no year given [?1862?] from Cheltenham regarding "the swordcane of my Father which he usually carried when in the Excise".

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