Robert Burns' verse back in Dumfries Globe Inn window

Three verses scratched on glass by Robert Burns return to the Globe Inn, Dumfries, after 177 years

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.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC South Scotland



Min. Night 9 °C

Features & Analysis

  • French luxury Tea House, Mariage Freres display of tea pots Tea for tu

    France falls back in love with tea - but don't expect a British cuppa

  • Woman in swimming pool Green stuff

    The element that makes a familiar smell when mixed with urine

  • People take part in an egg-cracking contest in the village of Mokrin, 120km (75 miles) north of Belgrade, Serbia on 20 April 2014In pictures

    Images from around the world as Christians mark Easter Sunday

  • Female model's bottom in leopard skin trousers as she walks up the catwalkBum deal

    Why budget buttock ops can be bad for your health

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • ITChild's play

    It's never been easier for small businesses to get their message out to the world


  • An aerial shot shows the Olympic Stadium, which is closed for repair works on its roof, in Rio de Janeiro March 28, 2014.Extra Time Watch

    Will Rio be ready in time to host the Olympics in 2016? The IOC president gives his verdict

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.