South Scotland

Robert Burns' verse back in Dumfries Globe Inn window

Three verses etched on glass by Robert Burns at a Dumfries pub have returned after an absence of 177 years.

Using some kind of diamond stylus - or possibly a diamond ring - Scotland's national bard etched the poems on windows at the town's Globe Inn.

They were sold by the pub's owner who hit hard times in the 19th Century and an attempt to buy them back failed.

Now, using painstaking techniques, exact replicas of the missing lines have been put back in place.

A small wood-panelled upstairs bedroom, in which Burns often slept, has been preserved as he would have known it.

On its windows he inscribed five verses.

Two of them have never been away but the other three were sold and a bid to purchase them a century ago failed.

The panes ended up at the Burns Museum at Alloway who do not wish to give them up.

However, it was eventually agreed that exact replicas could be made and these have now been completed and installed in Dumfries.

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