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'Sanquhar with Crighton Peel', 1846

Introduction:
When Robert Burns was renovating the farm and building the farmhouse at Ellisland, near Dumfries he would pass through Sanquhar on his way to visit his wife, Jean Armour, who was still living in Mauchline. Later, he would visit the town in the course of his Excise duties.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
173
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 91 mm, width: 146 mm
What:
Print entitled 'Sanquhar with Crighton Peel'
Subject:
This view of Sanquhar was published in 'The Land of Burns - A series of Landscapes and Portraits, Illustrative of the Life and Writings of the Scottish Poet'. This was published in 1846 by Blackie and Son of Glasgow. At this time the development of steel plate engraving made it possible for images to be reproduced in much greater numbers than previous printing technology had allowed. Books such as this one, illustrated by engravings of works by eminent artists became popular, although they were still expensive and beyond the pocket of most people.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (he visited here)
Edward Whigham (1750-1823)(Provost of Sanquhar) (landlord)
Professor Wilson (author)
Robert Chambers (1802-1871) (author)
Blackie and Son (Queen Street, Glasgow) (publisher)
W and D Duncan (Glasgow) (printer)
R Sands (engraver)
David Octavius Hill RA (1802-1870) (artist)
When:
1846
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This view of Sanquhar was published in 'The Land of Burns - A series of Landscapes and Portraits, Illustrative of the Life and Writings of the Scottish Poet'. This was published in 1846 by Blackie and Son of Glasgow. At this time the development of steel plate engraving made it possible for images to be reproduced in much greater numbers than previous printing technology had allowed. Books such as this one, illustrated by engravings of works by eminent artists became popular, although they were still expensive and beyond the pocket of most people.
Description:
He would spent the night in the Queensberry Arms, which was owned by the Provost of Sanquhar, Edward Whigham. Burns enjoyed the company he met there, calling it 'the only tolerable inn in the place'.