Robert Burns Monument in 1902 & 2024

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Toronto’s Allan Gardens is home to a monument that honours the Scottish poet Robert Burns.

The archive photo shows the statue in its original location in the park, at the southwest corner of Carlton St and Sherbourne St. In 1956, it was moved to its present-day location in the park (about 100 m south) on the Sherbourne St side, about midway between Gerrard St E and Carlton St.

Robert Burns was a highly acclaimed Scottish poet and lyricist known throughout the world as Scotland’s national poet. Born on January 25, 1759, he spent much of his life writing and publishing poetry that focused on the lives of the Scottish people along with their culture and struggles. Burns passed away on July 21, 1796, at the relatively young age of 37.

The archive photo was taken when the Robert Burns monument was unveiled in 1902. The sculpture was created by Edinburgh artist David Watson Stevenson.

Then and Now

1902/January 27, 2024 – The Robert Burns monument is in Toronto's Allan Gardens. The archive photo shows the statue in its original location in the park, at the southwest corner of Carlton St and Sherbourne St. In 1956, it was moved to its present-day location in the park (about 100 m south) on the Sherbourne St side, about midway between Gerrard St E and Carlton St. Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist widely regarded as Scotland's national poet. He was born on January 25, 1759, and died on July 21, 1796, at the age of 37. The archive photo was taken when the Robert Burns monument was unveiled in 1902. The sculpture was created by Edinburgh artist David Watson Stevenson
1902/January 27, 2024 – The Robert Burns monument is in Toronto’s Allan Gardens (City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1568, Item 202)
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