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'Friars Carse', 1878

Introduction:
Robert Burns' neighbour at Ellisland was Robert Riddell of Friar's Carse, a country estate upstream from the farm. Immediately recognising Burns' talent, Riddell offered him the use of a summer house on the estate in which to meditate and write, away from the demands of the farm.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
148
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 112 mm, width: 166 mm
What:
Print entitled 'Friars Carse'
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 Robert Riddell of Glenriddell (1755-1794) (property of)
J Godfrey (engraver)
J Ramage (artist)
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:
It was here that Burns composed the poem beginning, 'Thou whom chance may hither lead' as a tribute to Robert Riddell and their growing friendship. They collaborated on several songs with Riddell supplying the airs for Burns lyrics. He was a collector of traditional Scottish music, a passion which he shared with the poet. This view of Friars Carse is engraved from a painting by J Ramage and was published in 'The National Burns'.