Bowl, associated with Robert Burns

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probably made in Cumnock, Ayrshire

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Bowl, associated with Robert Burns

This unmarked glazed earthenware bowl is inscribed with Burns' 'Selkirk Grace'. It dates from the second half of the 19th century and was probably made by the Cumnock Pottery in Ayrshire.

The inscription reads, 'Some hae meat that canna eat/ an' some wad eat that want it/ but we hae meat an' we can eat/ sae let the Lord be thankit'.

In the second half of the 19th century, 'couthy' motto ware was very popular. One of the potteries producing such ware at this time was the Cumnock Pottery in East Ayrshire, originally established by James Taylor in 1792.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-865-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 303
Date: 1850 - 1900
Second half of the 19th century
Material: Brown and cream glazed earthenware. Inscription: Some hae meat and canna eat an some wad eat that want it but wehae meat and we can eat sae the Lord be thankit
Dimensions: 126 mm H x 105 mm D (base) x 220 mm D (rim)
What: Bowl
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Cumnock Pottery (Maker)
Robert Burns
Where: Scotland, Ayrshire
Description: Brown and cream glazed earthenware bowl inscribed with the 'Selkirk Grace' by Robert Burns, probably made by the Cumnock Pottery, Ayrshire, 1850 - 1900
  • Quail, G. The Cumnock Pottery. Ayrshire Archaeological & Natural History Society: 1993. 
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