Burns’s House in Dumfries, p.84.

[Anecdotes of Burns Contents]

THE bard’s house was situated in Mill Street, and was of a good order. His eldest son’s testimony given to Chambers was as follows:- “They always had a maid-servant, and sat in their parlour. That apartment, together with two bedrooms, was well furnished and carpeted; and when good company assembled, which was often the case, the hospitable board which they surrounded was of a patrician mahogany. There was much rough comfort in the house, not to have been found in those of ordinary citizens; for, besides occasional barrels of oysters from Hill, Cunningham, and other friends in town, so that he possibly was as much envied by some of  his neighbours as he has since been pitied by the general body of his countrymen.” 

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