Robert Burns (1759-1796)

Tour of the Scottish Borders and North of England in 1787, and Tours of the Highlands and Lowlands in 1787, newly transcribed from MS and fully annotated, Nigel Leask, ed., Commonplace Books, Tour Journals and Miscellaneous Prose, Oxford Edition of the Works of Robert Burns, Vol. 1, (Oxford University Press, 2014), chapters 6 and 7.

"My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here; My heart's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer; A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe, My heart's in the Highlands wherever I go."

Robert Burns
Now admired the world over, the prolific Scottish poet first became a celebrity following the 1787 publication of the second edition of his poems. That same year, the 28-year-old lowland Scot embarked on a series of tours around Scotland, first taking in the Scottish Borders and northern England, then the Highlands. Carried out in a horse drawn covered carriage, the Highland journey was his longest and was motivated by his desire to gain a better understanding of Gaelic culture. Besides collecting songs and Jacobite anecdotes, Burns also visited the seats of numerous wealthy landowners, seeking patronage. Although excerpts from Burns's fragmentary Highland tour were only first published in 1828, the poems and songs accompanying his tour became instantly popular. Capturing the imagination of many, they contributed substantially to the appeal of the Highlands for visitors like the romantic writers, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, who visited the Falls of Bruar in 1803 “for the sake of poor Burns".
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