Three panes of glass with inscribed poems by Robert Burns

Date:
1790 
Location:
Dumfries 
Creator:
Robert Burns, creator 
Object Number:
3.4003.a-c

Summary

The Globe Inn in Dumfries became Robert’s favourite 'HOWFF', or drinking establishment, during the 1790s. He often stopped here to meet with friends and became close with the pub’s landlord William Hyslop.

Robert engraved his views on the relative merits of war and sex on these three window panes of an upstairs lodging room in the Globe:

‘I MURDER hate by field or flood,
Tho' glory's name may screen us;
In wars at home I'll spend my blood,
Life-giving wars of Venus:/
The deities that I adore
Are social Peace and Plenty;
I'm better pleased to make one more,
Than be the death of twenty.’

Robert put his views into practice by conducting a love affair in the same room with barmaid Anna Park. Their relationship produced a child, Elizabeth Park Burns, who was raised by Robert’s wife Jean.

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