This is a reconstructed life sized ‘heid’ of Robert Burns we encountered at Mauchline on Saturday.
Going by contemporary descriptions and depictions of Burns, this is not what I imagined at all.
This ‘classical’ engraved image of the bard was by John Buego, a friend of Burns in 1787.
This image was commissioned for the publication of Burns’s Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, published by William Creech that year.
It is said that Burns was very pleased with the print and that he wrote to Beugo to congratulate him on it. In a copy of the book given to a friend he wrote the following lines.
This image by Archibald Skirving two years after Burns death, bears a striking resemblance to the Buego work.
One wonders what Rabbie would have thought of the ‘heid’ in Mauchline?
Thanks to the excellent Alexandria Burns Club Website