MS: Letter from Robert Burns to Jean Burns, 14 October 1788

Date:
1788 
Location:
Ellisland 
Creator:
Robert Burns, Author 
Object Number:
3.6018

Summary

Shortly after their marriage in 1788, Robert wrote this letter to Jean while preparing a home for them at Ellisland Farm near Dumfries.

Robert was due to have completed the building of a new farmhouse at Ellisland in summer 1788 but by autumn this was far behind schedule. This forced him to make other arrangements so that the family could be together at the farm during the winter months.

Robert wrote that he is looking forward to Jean’s arrival, ‘as it will save us from these cruel separations’. The distance between Mauchline and Ellisland is 46 miles, at least a day’s journey during the eighteenth century.

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