Just about every place in Dumfries-Galloway can make a claim to Robert Burns. Here in Annan is a plaque that commemorates his writing of the poem about the tax collector, which is a role he played at one time. The plaque is attached to a building which houses a fast food restaurant plus an excellent Italian restaurant upstairs.
Burke and Hare in the early 1800's were nortorious for "snatching bodies" and selling them for "scientific research." Legend has it that they often visited Annan and made their hideout in an alley that now sits behind 95 High St. in Annan. Whatever the case may be, they were apprehended in Dumfries in 1829 and lodged in the local hoosegow. However, outraged citizens demanded immediate justice and attempted to storm the gaol. But they were saved by a quirk of fate and later Hare turned King's eveidence much to the disappointment of Burke who was hanged as a result.
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