South Scotland

Exhibition marks anniversary of Robert Burns' death

Rev Thomas Blacklock Image copyright Dumfries and Galloway Council
Image caption Rev Thomas Blacklock helped to convince Robert Burns not to emigrate to Jamaica

An exhibition centred on a portrait of the man who talked Robert Burns out of emigrating to Jamaica is opening in Dumfries.

Rev Thomas Blacklock, from Annan, convinced the poet to stay in Scotland and continue his writing.

The exhibition, at Robert Burns House, marks the anniversary of the bard's death on 21 July 1796.

Rev Blacklock is credited with introducing Burns to "influential people" who helped support his work.

His portrait is one of three paintings of people with Dumfries and Galloway connections to be added to the displays in the region's museums recently as part of Homecoming 2014.

The others are of architect Walter Newall, and Alexander Anderson, a railwayman, poet and librarian from Kirkconnel.

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