Robert Adamson & David Octavius Hill

Mrs Isabella (Burns) Begg, 1771 - 1858. Youngest sister of Robert Burns [a]

About this artwork

Isabella Burns Begg was the youngest sister of the poet, Robert Burns. There was a striking resemblance between the two. Robert Burns died before photography was established but through this vivid portrait of his sister, we get an idea of how he might have looked in old age. Isabella was widowed young and raised nine children single-handed. In later years, she was given a picturesque cottage where she lived almost as a monument to her brother, entertaining hordes of visitors from the United Kingdom, the Continent and America.

Updated January 2022

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Robert Adamson

Robert Adamson