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Record 142

Reading Experience:

'Susan Sibbald knew Scottish shepherd Wully Carruthers who was a fellow-subscriber to the circulating library at Melrose, but while she borrowed Ann Radcliffe, he read "Ancient and Modern History", though he did sometimes read a "novel or nonsense buke", like "Sir Charles Grandison". He had also read Alan Ramsay's "The Gentle Shepherd", and contrasted it ironically with the life of a real shepherd.
Century: 1700-1799, 1800-1849
Date: Between 1783 and 1812
Country: Scotland
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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:Wully Carruthers
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Labourer (agricultural)
Occupation: shepherd
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Alan Ramsay
Title: The Gentle Shepherd
Genre: Drama
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: Borrowed (circulating library)


Source Information:

Record ID: 142  
Source - Print  
  Author: Jacqueline Pearson
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Women's Reading in Britain 1750-1835. A Dangerous Recreeation
  Place of Publication: Cambridge
  Date of Publication: 1999
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 180
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Jacqueline Pearson, Women's Reading in Britain 1750-1835. A Dangerous Recreeation (Cambridge, 1999), p. 180,, accessed: 04 December 2023

Additional comments:

See Frances Paget Hett, ed. "Memoirs of Susan Sibbald (1783-1812)" (1926), p.178



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