Here we have a view of the magnificent kitchen fire that
Burns had installed for his young wife Jean. Many a meal was
cooked here for her and her young family. You can still see
the hooks where she hung her hams to cure. The vegetable gardens
and the orchard beyond have been laid out as they were in the
1790s with the 'privy' still remaining.
Beside the fireplace you can see the cupboard whree salt woudl be kept dry and the stone cheeks are worn where knives would be sharpened. Pots would be of cast iron although some might have been copper.
Above the fire is a painting, gifted by Peter Westwood, showing Burns and Jean Armour. In Ayrshire she had gone to stay with Robert's mother to learn the skills of a farmers wide. She would be in charge of the dairy, the hens and the female staff as well as keeping the house; raising a family and ensuring the household and workers were fed.