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'Lincluden', 1846

Introduction:
When Robert Burns exchanged the role of farmer for that of Exciseman he moved with his family from Ellisland Farm into a tenement flat in Bank Street, Dumfries. He developed the habit of taking walks along the banks of the River Nith, perhaps to replace the outdoor life he had previously led.
Image Rights Holder:
Dumfries & Galloway Museums Service
Ref:
170
Project:
241:Robert Burns - People and Places
Material:
Paper
Dimensions:
Image - length: 96 mm, width: 145 mm
What:
Print entitled 'Lincluden'
Subject:
This view of Lincluden Abbey 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)
George Thomson (1757-1851) (publisher of Burns)
Professor Wilson (author)
Robert Chambers (1802-1871) (author)
Blackie and Son (Queen Street, Glasgow) (publisher)
W and D Duncan (Glasgow) (printer)
W Forrest (engraver)
David Octavius Hill RA (1802-1870) (artist)
When:
1846
Where:
Dumfries Museum, Dumfries & Galloway
Background:
This view of Lincluden Abbey 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:
Lincluden Abbey was a picturesque medieval ruin which captured the poet's imagination. It is situated on rising ground above the Cluden Water, a tributary which joins the west bank of the River Nith. It was here that Burns wrote the song, 'Ca the Yowes to the Knowes', which features the Cluden and Lincluden Abbey. In September 1794 he wrote to George Thomson, his publisher, 'In a solitary stroll which I took today, I tried my hand on a few pastoral lines. Here it is.'