Grose, Francis (1731-1791) The Antiquities of Scotland.
London Hooper and Wigstead: 1792 3/4 leather with marbled boards, gilt decorated Boards detached but present on Vol. 2, spine cover loosening vol. 2, hinges starting vol.1, leather labels to spine missing. Folding map missing. 2 plates possibly missing.. Some scuffing Scattered slight foxing on some of the pages.
175, 140 pp text. Calls for 178 illustrations but actually 84 plates plus illustration in text, 104 plates. Not easy to collate. Water-mark "6081" Woven paper. Sparrow and Godfrey among the illustrators.
' His father came from Switzerland and set up as a jeweler in London, where he fashioned George II's coronation crown... he became Paymaster and Adjutant of the Surrey Militia, a position he was unsuited for, since he kept no books and gave no receipts, with the result that the private fortune he had inherited from his father had to be used to make up deficits.
He published his Antiquities of England and Wales ... and The Antiquities of Scotland . Burns met him while he was in Scotland collecting material for his Scottish work...Burns took to this fat, jovial man with an inexhaustible fund of stories, and suggested to him that he should include Alloway Kirk in his forthcoming volume...
In June 1790, Burns sent Grose a prose witch tale with a variant in a letter to Grose, following it up with a rhymed version, the superb 'Tam o' Shanter'. Grose naturally preferred the poetic version, and 'Tam o' Shanter' was published in the second volume of Grose's The Antiquities of Scotland. Grose also inspired Burns to write the witty lines 'On Captain Grose's Peregrinations through Scotland':
"Hear, Land o' Cakes, and brither Scots, Frae Maidenkirk to Johnny Groat's — If there's a hole in a' your coats, I rede you tent it: A chield's amang you takin' notes, And faith he'll prent it! If in your bounds ye chance to light Upon a fine, fat, fodgel wight O' stature short but genius bright, That's he, mark weel — And wow! He has an unco sleight O' cauk and keel...." Robert Burns Encyclopedia