Born in 1759 our most famous son came to Dumfries in 1778 and lived and worked here until his untimely death in 1796 at the age of 37. Scotland’ s National Bard lived life to the full and was a famed womaniser who loved to hold court in his favourite watering hole the Globe Inn which today still retains much of its former atmosphere having been a hostelry since 1610.
Rabbie is buried in a Grecian Mausoleum in St Michael’ s Kirkyard in Dumfries with his wife and 5 of her family. On the 25th July, the day of his funeral his widow Jean gave birth to their last son Maxwell. His historical legacy is apparent in many locations around Dumfries today.
If you are planning a visit to Dumfries then be sure to check out our guided walk for “a day in the life of Robert Burns”