Lock of Robert Burns's hair

Date:
1796 
Object Number:
3.5501

Summary

This lock of hair is said to have been snipped from Robert’s head shortly after his death by his wife and given to her friend Jean Wilson in Mauchline as a macabre souvenir.

This act marked the beginning of the memorialisation of Robert Burns as an icon and national hero. It also assisted in creating the idea of collecting 'Burnsiana', or objects associated with or commemorating the Poet.

This lock of hair has bleached in the light over time. Strands on the underside reveal the original dark brown hue of Robert’s hair.

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