In the lower level of this 17th Century thatched cottage were the living quarters of John Richard. Period furnishings illustrate what this small house might have looked like at the time of Burns. A byre and alehouse once adjoined this room.
On the 4th July 1781, Robert Burns also became a freemason in this room.
In 1779 Burns attended dancing lessons in this 17th-century thatched house. He formed a debating club here in 1780 and drew up the 10 Rules of Membership for the society. One rule stated that to be a member you had to be a bachelor living in the parish of Tarbolton thus the property earning its name 'Bachelors' Club'. Robert Burns was also initiated into Freemasonry in the upper room in 1781
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