Engraving: 'Young Robert Burns at the grave of his father'

W Holland, Artist 
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When William Burnes died, he was buried in the graveyard surrounding the Auld Kirk at Alloway which was less than a mile from his birthplace. Young Robert lived in Alloway for the first 7 years of his life. This representation of him standing over the grave of his father as a young boy is not possible because Robert was 23 years old at the time of his father's death.

Having extended his family by the birth of 4 children William Burnes moved his family from the cottage in Alloway to a farm at Mount Oliphant some 2 miles to the East in 1766. The land was poor and the family struggled to make ends meet and where the young Poet was required to spend many hours toiling in the fields with little time for schooling.

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