Punch bowl said to be used by Robert Burns at his brother's wedding

Object Number:
3.4015

Summary

Punch was a popular drink in the eighteenth century. It was made using imported ingredients such as rum or brandy, to which sugar, fruit and water were added. Drinking punch was a social activity and often happened at special gatherings and in local taverns. The popular myth that Robert was a heavy drinker has made objects like this punch bowl very collectable.

This pale blue hand-painted punch bowl was apparently used by Burns at his brother Gilbert's wedding to Jean Breckenridge on 21 June 1791.

On the bottom of the bowl is a label which reads ‘Toddy was made in this bowl by Burns at the wedding of his brother Gilbert at Mossgeil June 21 1791’ It is in the handwriting of the poet's nephew Gilbert Burns and is dated Knockmaroon Lodge (Dublin) 1874.

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