Occupied by Burns from 1784-1788 when it was a but and ben and a garret. Here, he wrote 'The Holy Fair', 'The Jolly Beggars', 'The Twa Dogs', 'To a Mouse' and over 100 other pieces. Still a working farm today.
In February 1895 at a Meeting in Glasgow, it was decided to erect a National Memorial to Robert Burns to celebrate the Centenary of his death. An international appeal was begun to raise the required £2,000 and the first sod was cut on 4th July 1896. From the top of the Tower you can see to the sea at Ayr and most of the area around Mauchline and Tarbolton frequented by Burns and his cronies.
The nearest building to us is the Burns House Museum with the tall chimney. Looking up the road to the right of that we see the Cross and the white Library doorway in the distance. To the left of the door but unseen is the statue of Jean Armour. Directly behind the black lamp post and on the right side of the street is Nance Tinnock's. We can see part of the building but not the door.
A Mauchline Burns Club Project, the statue was unveiled by Lady Hagart-Alexanderm, wife of Sir Claud, on 30th November 2002. Jean stands with her back to the library. Looking to her left we see Earl Grey Street which would take you to Cumnock and Dumfries. Moving round a little to the right, we see Loudoun Street which would take you to Ayr. Poosie Nansies is just visible to the right of the car in Loudoun Street.
This shows the single room on the upper floor where Burns started his married life with Jean Armour in 1788. This is part of the Burns House Museum which also houses a collection of Mauchline Boxware.
This view is inside the kitchen, where Mauchline Burns Club Committee meets and shows some of the Committee Members planning the 2003 Holy Fair. Burns is said to have looked in the window of this room and what he saw inspired The Jolly Beggars. Our Club thinks that it is unlikely that Burns passed by regularly without going in. Poosie Nansie's kitchen is part of the working public house and restaurant. The owner welcomes visitors.