A snuff box that once belonged to Robert Burns will be on prominent display when the Dundas Musuem and Archives celebrates the famous Scottish poet’s birthday on Jan. 25.
The item, made of ebony and ivory with silver bands, was donated to the museum several decades ago by the local St. Andrews Society.
According to museum archivist Sandra Kiemele, the benevolent society was a popular way for Scottish people living abroad to keep in touch with their heritage. In Dundas in the 1850s, it counted among its members such notable citizens as John Gartshore and T. H. McKenzie, and more recently, former mayor John Don.
To mark the famed poet’s birthday, the museum will host two gatherings. Bill Nesbitt will conduct a Scotch- tasting, complete with piper Alan Eaton of Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, on Jan. 23 from 7-9 p.m. A family-focussed event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 1-4 p.m.
For more information, call the museum at 905-627-7412.