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'Captain Francis Grose'

Introduction:
Burns wrote the poem, 'Tam O'Shanter' as a 'witch story' to accompany an illustration of Alloway Kirk which was published by his friend, Captain Francis Grose in his 'Antiquities of Scotland'. Robert Burns and Francis Grose met and became friends whilst Grose was researching this book.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
142
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 127 mm, width: 100 mm
What:
Print portrait of Captain Francis Grose
Subject:
The National Burns, edited by Rev. George Gilfillan was published by William Mackenzie of Glasgow and contained, 'The airs of all the songs and an original life of Burns by the editor', it was also illustrated throughout, both by engraved plates and within the text. It was published in 15 parts, costing two shillings each making it an affordable way for people to purchase the complete works of Robert Burns.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (biography of)
Captain Francis Grose (1731?-1791) (representation)
Edmund Evans (1826-1905) (engraver)
William MacKenzie (Glasgow, Edinburgh, London) (publisher and printer)
Reverend George Gilfillan (1813-1878) (editor)
When:
1878
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
The National Burns, edited by Rev. George Gilfillan was published by William Mackenzie of Glasgow and contained, 'The airs of all the songs and an original life of Burns by the editor', it was also illustrated throughout, both by engraved plates and within the text. It was published in 15 parts, costing two shillings each making it an affordable way for people to purchase the complete works of Robert Burns.
Description:
This impression of Francis Grose is based on contemporary descriptions of him. It was used to illustrate Burns' poem 'On The Late Captain Grose' - 'If in your bounds ye chance to light, Upon a fine fat, fodgel wight, O' stature short, but genius bright, That's he, mark weel', in 'The National Burns'.