Author: Vivien Williams

An errata

I have been spending a lot of time in Edinburgh at the National Library of Scotland lately, going through all the George Thomson publications in the library’s possession (yes – volume by volume, and...

A web resource for the illustrations to George Thomson’s collections

It’s been another intense period, checking through the final details for Murray Pittock’s volume on the Scots Musical Museum, now sent to Oxford University Press. I’ve also been preparing the digital files of the...

An update on progress

It’s been so long since I last wrote a blog post! it’s been a busy time, with lots of work to be done both for my Research Assistant post with ERBC21, and beyond. For...

A little triumph, and a forthcoming Burns event

First and foremost, happy 2015! as ever the first month of the year is especially dedicated to Robert Burns, and we from the ERBC21 team are all buzzing with all sorts of Burns-related activities –...

Some ‘Auld Lang Syne’ Memorabilia

As we approach Hogmanay 2014/15, the ‘Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century’ team have been thinking about the different ways in which ‘Auld Lang Syne’, Burns’s most universally famous song, has been remembered...

Considerations on my literary prize

Dear readers, it’s been a while since my last blog post, but today I would like to share with you this episode which has made me very happy. I have recently come back from...

Anecdotes and thoughts about my work so far

I think it’s time for me to write an update about my work here at the Centre for Robert Burns Studies. It’s been over six months since I started working on for the Editing...

William Strang’s ‘The Cottar’s Saturday Night’

Today I would like to focus on an 1884 etching entitled ‘The Cottar’s Saturday Night’ (item GLAHA 20955). This genre scene is William Strang’s rendition of Robert Burns’ 1785-’86 poem, which bears the same...

1996: celebrating Robert Burns on Manx coins

1996 marked an important anniversary for all Burnsians, as it was the bicentenary of the Bard’s death. It is imaginable that a number of special commemorative events and initiatives took place that year. That...

‘Tam o’Shanter’ jug

After a long hiatus from blogging about Burns-related items in the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow, here I am again! This time, with a lovely little undated nineteenth-century jug dedicated to Tam...