He had already bought various items of Burns memorabilia from the pub’s owner to prevent them from being sold elsewhere. As a lawyer, he also had the foresight to leave a written note to ensure that The Globe would be kept in the McKerrow family’s ownership
or that it should only be sold on to another Burns lover.
Burns referred to The Globe as his ‘howff’ – a place where he spent many a good time. He initially lived about six miles away at Ellisland Farm. The post would arrive by stagecoach in town in the afternoon and as this was around the time of the French Revolution, Burns was very interested in what was going on. He would go into town to get the latest news and at that time, the Globe was a central inn where people gathered and he would often stay overnight.
Dr Valentina Bold, Director of the Solway Centre for Environment and Culture and a Reader in Literature and Ethnology in the University’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies, talked about how the books will be used by an appreciative community of scholars
: 'They will also be used by students on campus and potential postgraduates. They will also complement material we have already been given in the Urquhart Collection.
'I can’t help feeling that Burns would have been delighted to know that books from the pub he loved so well are being passed to students. The donation also sustains the connection between Burns, the pub and the Dumfries area.'
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