Font Size

100% 150% 200%

Background Colour

Default Contrast
Close Reset

Ellisland Farm

Farmhouse (19th Century), Farmstead (19th Century), Museum (19-20th Century)

Site Name Ellisland Farm

Classification Farmhouse (19th Century), Farmstead (19th Century), Museum (19-20th Century)

Canmore ID 90130

Site Number NX98SW 69

NGR NX 92987 83850

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
Canmore Disclaimer. © Copyright and database right 2019.

Toggle Aerial | View on large map

Digital Images

Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Dunscore
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Nithsdale
  • Former County Dumfries-shire

Archaeology Notes

NX98SW 69 92987 83850

For trial excavations (1993), see NX98SW 82.

Architecture Notes


SMT Magazine - January 1950 - photograph

National Library of Scotland:

MSS/1, no.61 - engraving


Photographic Survey (1900 - 1930)

Photographs by A Brown & Co of sites across Scotland c1900-1930

Photographic Survey (1959)

Photographic survey by the Scottish National Buildings Record in 1959.

Publication Account (1986)

In 1788 Robert Bums took up farming at this small 170-acre (68.8 ha) tenancy on the Dalswinton estate situated on the banks of the River Nith, 1.25km downstream from Friars' Carse. With financial assistance from the laird, Patrick Miller, who was a keen agricultural improver, Bums had some fields enclosed, and the farmhouse built by Thomas Boyd, a local architect and builder (see nos 4, 23). But the farm proved better suited to the creation of poetry than profIt, and in 1791 Bums managed to release himself from the tenancy and what he called 'a ruinous affair' to concentrate on his job as Excise officer. Alongside personal and literary items relating to the poet, the single-storeyed falmhouse retains some original fIttings, including an oven and part of a kitchen range installed by Bums. The granary has also been refurbished as a museum of farming life.

Information from ‘Exploring Scotland’s Heritage: Dumfries and Galloway’, (1986).


MyCanmore Image Contributions

Contribute an Image

MyCanmore Text Contributions