Burns in Dunfermline. Burns in the World.

Burns in Dunfermline. Burns in the World.

‘A Royal Burgh in Fife, 16 miles northwest of Edinburgh, and once a Royal seat. In its Abbey, founded in 1072 by Queen Margaret, wife of King Malcolm Ceannmor, Robert the Bruce lies buried. It was at Dunfermline in 1581 that James VI signed the first National Covenant, and where, in 1650, Charles II signed the Dunfermline Declaration, reaffirming his oath to adhere to the Covenant.

The town was the birth-place of the American railroad millionaire, Andrew Carnegie. It possesses the Murison Collection of Burns’s books and manuscripts, presented to the Carnegie library by Sir Alexander Gibb.

Burns visited Dunfermline with Dr Adair during his tour of Clackmannanshire in October 1787, adair recorded: ‘At Dunfermline we visited the Abbey Church now consecrated to Presbyterian Worship. Here I mounted the cutty stool, or stool of repentance, while Burns addressed to me a ludicrous reproof and exhortation, parodied from one that had been delivered at one time in Ayrshire. In the church, 2 broad flagstones marked the grave of Robert Bruce, for whose memory Burns had more than common veneration. He knelt and kissed the stone with sacred fervour, and heartily execrated the worse than Gothic neglect of the first of Scottish heroes.’ ~ robertburns.org


The following images are from ‘Burns Revealed’ by Scottish artist Peter Howson. Please click on the following link PETER HOWSON to enjoy this amazing body of work, depicting Scotland’s greatest son in a beautiful and human light.

“Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a’ that,)
That Sense and Worth, o’er a’ the earth,
Shall bear the gree, an’ a’ that.
For a’ that, an a’ that,
It’s coming yet for a’ that,
That Man to Man, the world o’er,
Shall brothers be for a’ that.” ~ Robert Burns



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