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Rev George Gilfillan

Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Project:
:Future Museum
Material:
paper
Dimensions:
width: 106 mm, length: 128 mm
What:
Robert Burns
Subject:
print
Who:
G J Stodart (Engraver)
When:
19th Century
Where:
Background:
Gilfillan, Reverend George (editor) “The National Burns”. Glasgow, Edinburgh and London: William Mackenzie, 1878; Goldman, Paul “Looking at Prints, Drawings and Watercolours - A Guide to Technical Terms”. London: British Museum Publications Limited, 1988; Lindsay, Maurice “The Burns Encyclopaedia”, 3rd edition. London and New York: Robert Hale and St Martin’s Press, 1980; Mackay, James “Burnsiana”. Ayr: Alloway Publishing Limited, 1988
Description:

A stipple engraving made from a photographic portrait of the biographer of Robert Burns and editor of "The National Burns".

 

Rev. George Gilfillan of Dundee was a leading figure in the Burns movement in the latter part of the nineteenth century. He was instrumental in having the statue of Robert Burns by Sir John Steel erected in Albert Square, Dundee.

 

He edited several editions of the Burns'  work and wrote a biography of the poet, which was published in "The National Burns" shortly after his death in 1878.

 

"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.