Journal of a tour through Scotland and the Borders of England, 1791-1792

Scope and Content

Tour through Scotland and the Borders of England made in the years 1791 and 1792.

The unknown author travelled by horseback on both journeys. The observations are mostly of a scenic nature but include comments on the ownership of estates and various architectural and antiquarian features. Sonnets of the author's own composition are included within the narrative. Classification of Scottish lakes according to their scenery. Accompanying the summary of routes given at the end of the volume are comments on the inns frequented.

Route of the first journey: Luss [Dunbartonshire], Arrochar [Dunbartonshire], Cairndow [Argyllshire], Inverary, Dalmally [Argyllshire], Tyndrum [Perthshire], Killin [Perthshire], Kenmore [Perthshire], Perth, Kinross, Dollar [Clackmannanshire], Alloa [Clackmannanshire], Stirling, Carron [Kinkardineshire], Queensferry [W Lothian], Harwood [Midlothian], Carnwath [Lanarkshire], Lanark, Ebington [Lanarkshire], Leadhills [Lanarkshire], Wanlochhead [Dumfriesshire], Douglas Mill [Lanarkshire], Muirkirk [Ayrshire], Ayr, Maybole [Ayrshire], Irvine [Ayrshire], Fairlie [Ayrshire], Port Glasgow [Lanarkshire], Glasgow, Kirkintilloch [Dunbartonshire], Falkirk [Stirlingshire], Dunblane [Perthshire], Crieff [Perthshire], Perth, Blair Atholl [Perthshire], Dalwhinnie [Invernesshire], Pitmain [Invernesshire], Aviemore [Invernesshire], Inverness, Beauly [Invernesshire], Fort George [Invernesshire], Culloden [Invernesshire], Glenurquhart [Invernesshire], Inverness, Nairn, Forres, Elgin, Lochaber, Cullen, Banff [Moray], Oldmeldrum [Aberdeenshire], Aberdeen, Stonehaven [Kinkardineshire], Inverbervie [Kinkardineshire], Montrose [Angus], Arbroath [Angus], Dundee, St Andrews [Fife], Cupar [Fife], Kinross, Dunfermline [Fife], Culross [Fife], Stirling, Drymen [Stirlingshire], Dumbarton, Tarbert [Dunbartonshire], Rowardennan [Stirlingshire], Drymen, Paisley, Edinburgh, Linton [Roxburghshire], Carnwath, Lanark, Hamilton [Lanarkshire], Rutherglen [Lanarkshire], Port Glasgow, Irvine, Ayr, Sanquhar [Dumfriesshire], Dumfries, Annan [Dumfriesshire], Gretna [Dumfriesshire], Carlisle, Cockermouth [Cumberland], Keswick [Cumberland], Ambleside [Westmorland], Penrith [Cumberland], Carlisle, Locherbie [Dumfriesshire], Moffat [Dumfriesshire], Elvanfoot [Lanarkshire], Douglas Mill, Muirkirk, Kilmarnock [Ayrshire], Irvine, West Kilbride [Ayrshire], North Bar [Glasgow].

Second journey: Paisley, Irvine, Pollockshaws, Glasgow, Carron Bridge, Stirling, Callander [Perthshire], Lochearnhead [Perthshire], Killin [Perthshire], Kenmore, Killin, Tyndrum, Dalmally, Inverary, Cairndow, Arrochar [Dunbartonshire], Erskine [Renfrewshire], North Bar.

Between pp.194 and 195: 9 contemporary engravings of Edinburgh from a printed work:-

  • Front of the Register Office.
  • Front view of Heriot's Hospital.
  • Herriott's Hospital from the south.
  • Palace of Holyrood from the north west.
  • North east view of the ruins of the Abbey Church of Holyroodhouse.
  • The Excise Office with the adjacent buildings in St Andrews Square.
  • Edinburgh Castle from the north east.
  • A view of the Orphan's Hospital and adjacent buildings.
  • Royal Infirmary.

Administrative / Biographical History



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Purchased for 2.10s from Alister Mathews, 31 August 1942.


Call number used to be ms228

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Binding: red morocco with title in gold on spine. Engravings from a printed work inserted between p.194 and p.195.Paper with gold trim: 12.6x19.8cm

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Custodial History

Bookplate of James Sinton, Eastfield, Musselburgh. Bookplate of Sir Arthur Mitchell.