Piece of the coffin of Robert Burns, 1796
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This piece of wood was apparently removed from Burns’s coffin when his tomb was opened to receive Jean’s body in 1834. It is unclear if this relic is authentic because eyewitness reports of the occasion claim that the coffin was intact.
In the nineteenth century, relics associated with Robert Burns had become incredibly popular collector’s items. Objects with even the slightest connection to Burns were considered treasured possessions. The provenance of some of these items is unclear, often with the only evidence of an object’s link with the poet by word of mouth which could not be proven.