the guide Summer 2017 - Page 17

M U S E U M S | BU R N S H O US E Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Bard, lived in Mauchline in what was arguably his most creative and productive period. It was at his farm, Mossgiel, close to the town, that he composed many of his best-loved poems.  Whilst making his new farm ready, Burns and his wife Jean Armour lodged in a room in what is SAT 27 MAY · FREE now Burns House Museum. Mauchline Holy Fair Using original manuscripts, objects and other publications we interpret Burns’ time in the town and his relations with many of its characters. Mauchline community library is now also housed within Burns House Museum. BURNS HOUSE MUSEUM & LIBRARY CASTLE STREET, MAUCHLINE, KA5 5BZ T: 01290 550045 TUE: 10.30am-1.40pm, 2pm-6pm WED: 10.30am-1.40pm, 2pm-6pm THU: 1.30pm-4.40pm, 5pm-8pm FRI & SAT: 10.30am-4pm East Ayrshire Leisure is happy to announce that the Burns House Museum and Nance Tinnock’s will once again be open as part of the annual Mauchline Holy Fair. Access is free, and in addition to the interesting and important collections on display, we are pleased to be able to display the original Session Book of Mauchline Parish Kirk, which features the signatures of Robert Burns and Jean Armour from 1786. Also on display is a pair of rarely seen chalices presented to Reverend William Auld, Minister of the Kirk in 1777. Access is limited to some areas of the museum. 17