Fiddle used by Robert Burns's dance teacher, William Gregg

Object Number:
97.90.0

Summary

Around 1779 the adolescent Robert Burns began attending dancing lessons in Tarbolton. Burns wrote that he hoped dancing would ‘give my manners a brush.’ More likely, he realised dancing lessons were an excellent form of rebellion, as his father frowned upon such sinful behaviour.

Burns’s dance teacher William Gregg played this fiddle while Robert learned the steps.

The fiddle is made of pine and is painted with a red, green and black floral design. It has been considerably restored and now includes modern attachments such as a chin rest.

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