Even before getting to this capacious sitting-room we pass along the even more splendid high-arched Parliament Hall, home of the original Scottish Parliament, prior to its being handed over the lawyers after the Union of It was there that senior advocates perambulated together in small groups, to avoid being overheard, shadowed by junior members such as the young Scott eager to give the impression that they too had business. Some of you might have noticed the statue of a sedentary Scott, by John Greenshields, who started his own career as an apprentice stone mason.
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Then through the now laptop-filled reading rooms of the Advocates Library, where Scott in his earlier years got vital access to manuscripts and rare books, and which of course later provided the foundation for the National Library of Scotland. One year I seem to remember the Faculty placing in this room the green leather chair which Scott occupied as a Clerk to the Court of Session. The book offers interpretations of all Burns's major poems and some of the songs, the first to do so since Thomas Crawford's landmark study of Keywords: Scottish enlightenment , romanticism , pastoral , Allan Ramsay , Robert Fergusson , Scottish identity , rural modernity , self-fashioning.
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Robert Burns & 18th Century Scotland: Burns Criticism
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