Old Photograph The Brow Well Scotland

Old photograph of the Brow Well in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. Robert Burns, when probably suffering from subacute bacterial encocarditis, was advised by his medical friends Dr William Maxwell and Dr Alexander Brown to go to the Brow Well and try bathing, riding and the country air. Whilst at Brow he wrote several letters, including one to George Thomson requesting £5 and one to James Burness in Montrose for £10. He also wrote on 7 July to Alexander Cunningham regarding his much reduced salary and to Frances Dunlop expressing his sorrow at her lack of forgiveness and saying farewell. He also wrote his first and his last letters ever written by him to his father in law, seeking help for his wife in the final stages of her pregnancy from her mother Mrs Mary Armour. A letter to his wife was unsurprisingly positive given Jean's Armours advanced state of pregnancy. To his brother Gilbert he wrote hinting at money troubles and despairing of his health. Burns also stated that he intended to continue taking the treatment for the whole summer. Burns died four days after his visit to the Brow Well on 21 July 1796.

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