The Mausoleum of the Dumfries poet Robert Burns has been renovated. It was in a severe state of disrepair but has now been returned to its former glory.
Andy Burn has this full report for ITV Border.
The Mausoleum of the famous Dumfries poet Robert Burns has been renovated after months of repair work. It is now available for public viewing once more.
Robert Burns was originally buried in St Michael's Churchyard, Dumfries, in a simple grave marked only by a plain stone slab. In 1803 Dorothy and William Wordsworth visited Dumfries and had difficulty in even finding the grave. Burns' admirers believed this was an insufficient memorial to the poet.
In 1813 his friend, John Syme formed a committee and launched an appeal to build a mausoleum in his memory. One of the subscribers was the Prince Regent, later George IV.
After a public advertisement, 50 designs were received and the plans of T F Hunt, a London architect and Peter Turnerelli, a sculptor, were eventually approved. On the 19th September 1815 Burns’ body was exhumed and placed in the new mausoleum.
Rare first edition poems penned by Robert Burns have been sold to an anonymous bidder for tens of thousand of pounds at auction.
A Scottish bidder paid 32 and a half thousand pounds for the Kilmarnock edition of Burns' poems, described today as the most impressive work in Scottish literature.
The lots went under the hammer at an Edinburgh auction rooms earlier today.
A first edition of a book containing poems by the Scottish Poet Robert Burns has been sold for a hammer price of £32,500 in an auction in Edinburgh. The Kilmarnock edition of Burns' poems has been described as 'the most impressive work in Scottish Literature'.
It has been bought by an Edinburgh Institution who say the book will remain in Edinburgh and will be on public display in the Capital.
A rare first edition of the poems of Robert Burns wil be auctioned and is expected to fetch around £35,000. It dates around 1786.
There are thought to be only 74 surviving copies of the edition, of which 42 are in universities, 22 in libraries, eight in museums and just 12 copies left in private hands.
The book is one of a number of rare copies of his work that will go under the hammer in Edinburgh