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THE GRECIAN MONUMENT TO ROBERT BURNS ABOVE THE BANKS O' DOON AT ALLOWAY

THE GRECIAN MONUMENT TO ROBERT BURNS ABOVE THE BANKS O' DOON AT ALLOWAY

About two-and-a-half miles from Ayr is the monument to Burns, standing upon a rise above the river Doon, whose waters the poet praised so highly. The monument was erected in 1820, at a cost of about £3,300, and is in the form of a Grecian choragic monument—the kind put up by the Greeks to hold the brazen tripod which was the reward of dramatic eminence—and was chosen as a tribute, in the classical form, to Burns' literary fame. The tripod crowns the structure. The monument is supported by a building in which are kept various mementoes of the poet, a snuff box, Jean Armour's wedding ring, and the Bible he gave to "Highland Mary." At the south end of the garden is a grotto with statues of "Souter Johnnie" and "Tarn o' Shanter."

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