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John Wilson ('Dr. Hornbook') silhouette

Introduction:
Robert Burns (1759-96) Scotland's National Poet who was born in a small thatched cottage in Alloway Ayrshire composed a wealth of material including the satirical poem 'Death and Doctor Hornbook''.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT90
Project:
198:The History of Robert Burns at Alloway
Material:
Wooden frame
Dimensions:
12.5cm x 10cm
Subject:
The silhouette on display in Burns Cottage Museum in Alloway has a small inscription on the reverse confirming that the 'the profile is an excellent one' -signed Peter Smith 1844.
Who:
Robert Burns (poet)
Peter Smith (artist)
John Wilson, Tarbolton (Dr Hornbrook) (friend of Robert Burns (poet))
When:
Early 1800's
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The silhouette on display in Burns Cottage Museum in Alloway has a small inscription on the reverse confirming that the 'the profile is an excellent one' -signed Peter Smith 1844.
Description:
This poem is based on a Tarbolton schoolteacher (John Wilson-1759-1821) who in order to eke out a scanty living opened up a small grocer's shop. Here he sold medicines and offered medical advice. This led the parishioners to accuse him of neglecting his school duties.