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Burns Statue, Dundee

Burns Statue, Albert Square, Dundee - Ref: WC2126

Robert Burns, Scotland's best-known poet, was born in Alloway, Ayrshire, on 25th January, 1759. He died on 21st July, 1796. This statue of him was designed by sculptor, Sir John Steell, and was unveiled in October, 1880.

Robert Burns made a two day visit to Dundee in September 1787. He described Dundee as being "a low-lying but pleasant town." The fountain which can be seen in the front of the photograph was demolished in 1947.


Alexander Wilson who took this photograph, was a supervisor in a Dundee jute mill for over 20 years. He bequeathed much of his collection and £50, to cover the costs involved, to the Free Library Committee of Dundee in 1923.