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The Black Bull in Moffat is historically important for Burns fans

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Robert Burns & the Black Bull

Scotland's greatest poet Robert Burns was born in Ayr in 1759 and lived much of his life in nearby Dumfries, Burns often visited Moffat and it is well documented that the Black Bull Inn was a favourite haunt. The daughter of a local farmer was the 'Chloris' of his poems and The Black Bull once had a window pane on which Burns had inscribed a short poem, when Miss Deborah Davies, a beautiful but petite lady much admired by Burns, rode past along with her portly companion.

Burns wrote The Epigram to a Scrimpit Nature

Ask why God made the Gem so small
and why so huge the Granite?
Because God meant mankind to set the higher value on it.

The original window is now in St. Petersburg in Russia after being gifted to Tsar Nicholas 1st who visited Moffat as a young man of 20 in 1816 when he was still a mere Grand Duke, accompanied by the general who defeated Napoleon at Borodino outside Moscow, Field Marshal Kutusov.

ROBERT Burns ATTRACTIONS NEARBY

Robert Burns Centre

ROBERT BURNS CENTRE

Situated in an 18th-century watermill by the banks of the River Nith in Dumfries, the centre tells the story of the Bard's extraordinary time in the market town.

Mill Road, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, DG2 7BE
Tel: 01387 264808

Robert Burns Home

ROBERT BURNS HOUSE IN DUMFRIES

Scotland’s national bard spent his last years in this simple sandstone house that is a key pilgrimage site for Burns' enthusiast from around the world.

Burns Street, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, DG1 2PS
Tel: 01387 255297

Brow Well

BROW WELL, RUTHWELL

It was at the healing waters of Brow Well, a challybeate spring at Ruthwell near Annan where Burns came to seek a cure for rhumatic fever.

Grid Ref: NY 085 675
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Robert Burns Ellisland Farm

ELLISLAND FARM

Now a museum Ellisland Farm was built by Robert Burns in 1788 as his home and to bring his family together for the first time.

Holywood Road, Auldgirth, Dumfries, DG2 0RP
Tel: 01387 740426

Robert Burns Mausoleum

ROBERT BURNS MAUSOLEUM

Robert Burns Mausoleum stands at the eastern end of the churchyard of St Michael's Church, whose red spire dominates the south east side of Dumfries.

Grid Ref: NX 975 757
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Robert Burns Statue

ROBERT BURNS STATUE, DUMFRIES

Statue of Robert Burns, Dumfries. Taken by Ron Waller, August 2006. The church behind is Greyfriars, the church in which Robert the Bruce slew the Red Comyn

Church Place, Dumfries, Scotland
Sculptor: Amelia Robertson Hill (1820 - 1904)

The Globe Inn, Dumfries

THE GLOBE INN, DUMFRIES

It was here that the first Burns supper was held in 1819 and if you are visiting Dumfries the Globe is well worth a visit, where poet's favourite seat still survives.

56 High Street, Dumfries, DG1 2JA
Tel: 01387 252335

Tam O'shanter in Ayr - descibed by Burns as being unsyrpassed for honest men & bonnie lasses

THE TAM O'SHANTER INN, AYR

In his most famous poem, Burns describes the Tam O'Shanter as being "unsurpassed for honest men & bonnie lasses"

230 High Street, Ayr, KA7 1RQ
Tel: 01292 611684

White Hart Burns favourite pub in Edinburgh

WHITE HART INN, EDINBURGH

Famous for visitors including William Wordsworth and Robert Burns, Burns is said to have stayed here on his last visit to Edinburgh in 1791.

34 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU
Tel: 0131 226 2806

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