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'Friars Carse in Nithsdale', a copper plate engraving, 1789

Introduction:
This engraving illustrates the buildings which stood on the site of the home of Robert Burns' friend and neighbour, Robert Riddell. Riddell built a mansion house at Friar's Carse, a country estate upstream from Ellisland in 1774. The name of the estate comes from its origin as a medieval monastery site.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
136
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 125 mm, width: 175 mm
What:
Print entitled 'Friars Carse in Nithsdale'
Subject:
This copper plate engraving was printed by S Hooper of London and published in Captain Francis Grose's two volume, 'Antiquities of Scotland'. Robert Burns and Francis Grose met and became friends whilst Grose was researching his book. Burns wrote the poem, 'Tam O'Shanter' as a 'witch story' to accompany the engraving of Alloway Kirk which was published in it.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (he visited here)
Sparrow (engraver)
Captain Francis Grose (1731?-1791) (author)
S Hooper (212 High Holborn, London) (publisher)
Captain Robert Riddell of Glenriddell (1755-1794) (property rebuilt by)
When:
15 April 1789 (book published)
1773 (demolished)
1 June 1789 (print published)
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This copper plate engraving was printed by S Hooper of London and published in Captain Francis Grose's two volume, 'Antiquities of Scotland'. Robert Burns and Francis Grose met and became friends whilst Grose was researching his book. Burns wrote the poem, 'Tam O'Shanter' as a 'witch story' to accompany the engraving of Alloway Kirk which was published in it.
Description:
Burns composed the poem beginning, 'Thou whom chance may hither lead' as a tribute to Robert Riddell and their 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.