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'Tam O'Shanter' chair
A carved oak gothic-style armchair made from a portion of the roof of Alloway Kirk, Ayr. Alloway was the birthplace of the Scottish poet Robert Burns and the back of the chair is inset with four brass panels engraved with Burns' poem, "Tale of Tam O'Shanter"; the back is further carved with thistles. It was received at Carlton House for George IV on 3 September 1822; for a time afterwards it then lived in the Guard Chamber at Windsor Castle, finally being sent to Holyroodhouse in 1901 by King Edward VII. Another very similar version, made in 1818 and presented to the Earl of Eglinton and Winton, sold at Sotheby's, New York, 1 February 1992.