Big support for Ellisland plans
£10m development at Burns’ home
Support has come flooding in for the plans to create a £10 million tourist attraction at Robert Burns’ former home at Ellisland Farm.
Site curator Stuart Cochrane told the Standard the proposals will go on show at public exhibitions in the coming months.
He said: “We are keen to show the public and potential funders the plans and need the help of local people in building up support over the next six months.
“Ellisland was gifted to the nation in 1928 by two Durisdeer brothers ‘for the contemplation of the life and works’ of the Bard so we have to work within that perimeter but all suggestions will be appreciated.”
The proposals have been welcomed by fans of the Bard.
David Smith, of the Burns Howff Club, said: “The plans as laid out for Ellisland are certainly exciting, if a bit ambitious, and if the funding can be secured it will mean that Ellisland will become a major attraction for all Burns enthusiasts.”
Miller Caldwell, of Dumfries Burns Club, said: “As a club we are supporters of the Friends of Ellisland and were delighted to learn of their plans.”
A noted Dumfries Burnsian John Caskie said: “I have been following these plans and while they are a bit adventurous I am hoping that the local community and Burrnsians everywhere will get behind them and give them their support. It would be wonderful to see it happen and be successful.
“I attend many Burns suppers and events and it always astonishes me that people don’t realise that Ellisland is still there and can be visited.
“And they don’t realise that Auld Lang Syne and Tam O’Shanter were written there by Burns.
Ellisland is a very important place and it is time that it gets the recognition it deserves and this will put it on the map.”
Making plans for Ellisland Curator Stuart Cochrane