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Journal of Robert Burns's Tour of the Highlands - Aug/Sept 1787

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Journal of Robert Burns's Tour of the Highlands - Aug/Sept 1787 (page 06 of 20)

Introduction:
These Highland Journal entries written by Robert Burns have been scanned as 20 two-up 'pages'. The first 5 pages are more like diary entries, with the Journal proper starting on the 6th page. The journey lasted 22 days and covered 600 miles from Edinburgh to Inverness, along the Moray coastline to Peterhead, down to Aberdeen, Perth and back to Edinburgh.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT191E
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Journal of Robert Burns's Tour of the Highlands - Aug/Sept 1787
Subject:
Burns conducted a number of Journeys around parts of Scotland to gather material and an understanding of the country. This Highland Journey was his longest and he was accompanied by his schoolmaster friend William Nichol, travelling in a horse drawn covered carriage.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
When:
August 1787 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
Burns conducted a number of Journeys around parts of Scotland to gather material and an understanding of the country. This Highland Journey was his longest and he was accompanied by his schoolmaster friend William Nichol, travelling in a horse drawn covered carriage.
Description:
Page 6 starts with more travel notes in pencil and then begins the Journal proper. Leaving Edinburgh with Nichol on Sunday 25th August he notes the route and landscape he passes along the way to Linlithgow. He makes comment of the state of the town and its Royal castle which he felt was 'a tolerably fine but melancholy ruin'.