Burns' former lodgings in Kirkcudbright for sale

A townhouse in Kirkcudbright where Robert Burns once stayed and even inscribed a poem on a wall, is up for sale.

Wednesday, 1st June 2016, 12:21 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st June 2016, 1:22 pm

The townhouse is steeped in history and was formerly ‘The King’s Arms Inn’, which was frequented by the poet and includes an inscription on one of the walls believed to be from the poet himself.

52 High Street has now been launched to the Dumfries and Galloway market through property consultants CKD Galbraith and offers buyers the opportunity to own a piece of local history as well as a superb family house.

The inscription was discoved by William Robson, a noted artist, who acquired the property in 1920. When stripping wallpaper in one of the first floor bedrooms the following verse was revealed: ‘

‘When January winds were blawin’ cauld .... ( Kirkcudbright?) I took my way,

but mirksome night did me enfauld ……… till earlyest day.’ R Burns

William Robson had the inscription preserved on the bedroom wall, where it remains today. Whether or not this is truly a Burns’ inscription remains somewhat a mystery however the town has strong links to Burns. The town’s peaceful atmosphere is believed to have inspired other famous verses from the poet such as the Selkirk Grace, thought to have been written whilst he stayed at the Selkirk Arms Hotel in Kirkcudbright.

David Corrie, of CKD Galbraith’s Castle Douglas office, said: “This is an immaculately presented home of character and history, with the principal rooms being elegantly proportioned and offering different layout options as well as flexible accommodation for a large family. Included in the sale of 52 High Street is a substantial stone outbuilding which would make for an ideal artist’s studioand an Edwardian rotating summer house.”