Tuesday, 4 July 2017

A good excuse?

I've been posting some of my travel pictures on Facebook, but there's a literary connection with these, so I think it's fair enough to put them on the blog ...

This is a statue of William Wallace. The words on the statue's base (which admittedly you can't see) are by the poet James Thomson. There's also a poem about Wallace, by The Earl of Buchann, on the urn.

Further down the hill ( a lot further and it's a steep hill, especially going back up) is a temple of the muses, which the Earl built as a memorial to Thomson.

You might be thinking you've never come across James Thomson's work – unless you already knew he wrote the words to Rule Brittannia.