Robert Burns Ellisland Farm is situated 7 miles
north of of Dumfries town off the A76 road.
Robert Burns Ellisland Farm is open 6th Jan to
30th Nov - Monday to Saturday 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm
- Sunday 2pm – 5pm. October – March closed Sundays
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1788 - Robert Burns takes a lease on this farm.
The local landowner, Patrick Miller of Dalswinton
Estate, had offered Robert the choice of three
Robert chose Ellisland as it was the most scenic,
next to the River Nith.
Robert built the farmhouse here and started to
work the farm with the help of relations. Jean Armour
stayed at their home in Mauchline with her sole
surviving child till the farm was ready for them.
1788 – Robert became a father to twin girls, born
to Jean Armour.
1788 - Robert also became the father to Robert
Burns Clow, born to Jenny Clow, a domestic
servant from Edinburgh. Burns met her when promoting
his work in Edinburgh.
1788 – Robert writes Auld Lang Syne.
1789 – Robert begins work as an excise officer,
leaving the running of the farm to his wife Jean and
relations working for him.
1789 – Becomes a father to Francis Wallace Burns,
born to Jean Armour.
1790 – Writes Tam o’ Shanter.
1791 – Moves to Dumfries as the farm land was
proving difficult to make a profit from.
1796 21 July, aged 37, Robert Burns died at his
home in Dumfries from heart disease.
He was buried at St Michael's Church in Dumfries
on the day Jean Armour gave birth to his son.
Ellisland was farmed until 1921. It was then
bought by a former President of Edinburgh Burns Club,
John Wilson, to serve as a museum.
The south walk from Ellisland Farm, alongside the
River Nith, leads to the Garden of Cosmic
Speculation on a private estate, normally only
open to visitors one day a year.
The gardens were designed by Charles Jencks born
in Baltimore USA.
Jencks other large work in the area can be viewed
all year round at the north side of Sanquhar town,
This work was created on the site of a former
opencast coal mine, 27 miles north of Ellisland
Friars Carse Country House
Hotel is situated one mile north of Ellisland
Farm with connections to Burns.
Friars Carse was originally the home of the
Riddell family with Robert Burns a regular
houseguest. The Whistle Restaurant is where the
famous drinking competition was held between Burns
and Fergusson of Craigdarroch.
You can visit the hotel for drinks, meals and to
view where Burns enjoyed visiting.
Other interesting pages for Robert Burns are:
Robert Burns House Museum in Dumfries.
Alloway Village for
his Birthplace Museum.
Kirkoswald Village where he attended
school and where the characters of his poem Tam O
Shanter came from and are buried.
where he met and married Jean Armour, and also had an
affair with Highland Mary.