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29 Jan 2019

Raising funds for Burns Cottage

Burns Cottage needs urgent work
Burns Cottage needs urgent work
At number 46 on our 100 Ways list is raising funds to repair Burns Cottage – we’re appealing for support to carry out vital works at the Bard’s birthplace.

Built more than 260 years ago, the humble cottage where Burns was born needs urgent maintenance and we’ve launched an appeal to help protect it for future generations.

Burns Cottage in the Ayrshire town of Alloway was built in 1757 by Robert’s father, William Burnes, but centuries of Scottish winters have taken their toll, with the roof, walls and chimney in desperate need of specialist attention.

Burns Cottage has been cared for by the National Trust for Scotland since 2008, but we’re seeking the help of Burns lovers to ensure the cottage remains an inspiring place to visit.

We need to raise £100,000 to save Burns Cottage. By giving just £15, donors can help fix the north-west wall; £35 will help restore a patch of thatch; and £60 will limewash a section of the walls.

Wet weather has taken its toll on Burns Cottage
Wet weather has taken its toll on Burns Cottage
“Everything we do at the museum is for the love of Scotland. We’re all hugely passionate about Robert Burns and sharing the stories of his life and work, but we’re now asking for help to protect the legacy of Ayrshire’s most famous son.”
Caroline Smith, Operations Manager at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

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