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Record 16320

Reading Experience:

'Then there is Mr Brand's lantern and his Highland cloak; and the tale of how he, John Brand, right royally attired in the garb of old Gaul, presented a nosegay of roses to the Queen of the Netherlands.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 27 Nov 1872
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: city: Bridge of Allan
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Robert Louis Stevenson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 13 Nov 1850
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: student
Religion: atheist
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
letter to mother, Margaret Stevenson
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Henry Erskine
Title: The Garb of Old Gaul
Genre: song lyric
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 16320  
Source - Print  
  Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
  Editor: Bradford Booth
  Title: The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson
  Place of Publication: New Haven and London
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: 1
  Page: 267
  Additional comments: additional editor Ernest Mehew

Citation: Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford Booth (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson (New Haven and London, 1994), 1, p. 267,, accessed: 11 August 2020

Additional comments:

Booth/Mehew footnote page 267 suggests that RLS is referring to the title of the regimental slow march (lyric by Lieut-Gen Sir Harry Erskine Bart), but I think, from the context, the lack of initial capital letters and the use of the word 'royally', that RLS is referring to Sir Walter Scott's well-known promise to George IV that he (the king) would wear the 'garb of old Gaul' (ie the kilt) on his visit to Edinburgh in 1822.



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