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The Ellisland Trust, established in 1922, cares for the farm and site of Ellisland, which was farmed by Robert Burns between 1788 and 1791, a place which inspired him to write some of his most famous poems.  We are an independent charity and are entrusted with the care of Ellisland ‘for the benefit of the British Nation’.  We champion the incredible history of Ellisland and the heritage of Robert Burns through our public programmes, collections, site, house and landscape.

About the Ellisland trust

Our mission is to celebrate and share the extraordinary story of the rural home built by Scottish National Bard Robert Burns; a story of hospitality, of an inspirational landscape and of creative talent.

The task of preserving and interpreting this important part of Scottish heritage for present and future generations inevitably comes at a cost.   Like many museums and collections, we were founded on philanthropy.  Today, the Trust still relies upon the generous support of donors, trusts, foundations and companies to enable us to continue our core work and to provide inspiring experiences.


Make a Donation

The Ellisland Trust does not receive any public funding and relies on income from admissions, events and donations to maintain the site.  We are currently implementing a programme to improve visitor facilities, particularly to make it more appealing to our younger visitors.  This includes opening up an additional 2 rooms in the historic house and adding touches which help to illustrate what daily life was like for Burns and his family.  For more details of how to make a donation contact the Museum Manager.

Alternatively, you can join our Sign a Window Scheme.  Burns was famous for leaving poems and his signatures on windows around Scotland.  He even wrote on the windows at Ellisland, but famously sent his brother-in-law back to smash them when he moved out!  For a minimum donation of £50 you can join this window writing tradition and we will display your digital signature as a sponsor.  Contact the Museum Manager for more information.

Become a Museum Supporter

For just £10 a year you can become a Friend of Ellisland Farm and join a growing group of supporters who enjoy their connection to Robert Burns’ home.  Friends gain free entry to the museum and exclusive information on events and special offers.  For details of how to join contact us here.

Become a Patron

For an annual payment of £500 for individuals or £1,000 for businesses you can become a patron of Ellisland Museum and Farm and support the long-term future of Scots heritage at this important site.  You’ll receive VIP invites to a range of events, with the opportunity for exclusive access to the site and to build a special relationship with the Trust.  For further information contact Sue Hughes.

Leave a Legacy

By leaving the Trust a legacy to support Ellisland, you will follow in the footsteps of John Wilson who bought the farm in 1921 to save it for the nation.  As little as 5% of your estate can make a real difference to us without preventing you from providing for your family or other loved ones.

Your donation will either be taken off the value of your estate before Inheritance Tax is calculated, or reduce your Inheritance Tax rate, if more than 10% of your estate is left to charity – meaning that the value of your legacy to the Trust is maximised, whilst reducing the tax burden of your estate.

You can either draw up a new will, or create a codicil to add to your existing will.  When speaking to your legal adviser please let them know that you would like your legacy to be left to The Ellisland Trust (Scottish Charity 012474) Holywood Road, Auldgirth, Dumfries, DG2 0RP.

If you would like to discuss your legacy in confidence please contact Sue Hughes.

Volunteering Opportunities

There are many ways you can volunteer with the Ellisland Trust, either on a regular basis or for specific activities.  These include:

For more information please download our information pack and complete the Expression of Interest form.



Burns Poetry

Some of Robert Burns’ best-loved nature poems were inspired by the tranquil setting of Ellisland Farm. Transcripts of the poems and songs written by Burns at Ellisland Farm.

Painting of Ellisland Farm


Burns experienced his most creative and fruitful years here at Ellisland. He found great poetic inspiration in the beauty of the surrounding countryside, the various people he met and the events he witnessed whilst living here.


Burns Attractions

Ellisland Museum & Farm is conveniently situated on the road between Robert Burns' birthplace in Alloway and his final resting place at St Michael's Cemetery in Dumfries.

Burns Attractions


There is so much to see at Ellisland Museum & Farm, so please allow at least an hour for a short visit and two to three hours for a full visit. We're a short, 5 mile drive from the centre of nearby Dumfries, just off the A76.