Bowl (2 of 2), associated with Robert Burns

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made in Greenock, Renfrewshire

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Bowl (2 of 2), associated with Robert Burns

This is the interior of a glazed earthenware bowl made by the Clyde Pottery of Greenock in Renfrewshire. The bowl is transfer-printed with scenes and lines from Robert Burns's poem 'Tam O'Shanter' and dates from the second half of the 19th century.

The interior is inscribed with four lines from near the beginning of the poem, 'The souter tauld his queerest stories/The landlord's laugh was ready chorus/The storm without might rair and rustle/Tam did na mind the storm a whistle'.

Robert Burns is acknowledged around the world as a poet and songwriter of extraordinary impact. His unique voice has had a lasting appeal in Scotland and throughout the world. His poetry has been translated into over 25 languages.

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Online ID: 000-190-002-155-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEK 246
Date: 1850 - 1900
Second half of the 19th century
Material: White glazed earthenware. Inscription: The souter tauld queerest stories / The landlords laugh was ready chorus / The storm without might rair and rustle / Tam didna mind the storm a whistle; TAM O SHANTER / CLYDE POTTERY / D[?]
Dimensions: 83 mm H x 90 mm D (base) x 132 mm D (rim)
What: Bowl
Subject: Post-medieval pottery and porcelain (NMAS Classification)
Who: Clye Pottery (Maker)
Robert Burns
Where: Scotland, Renfrewshire, Greenock
Description: White glazed earthenware bowl decorated with scenes and lines from the poem 'Tam O'Shanter' by Robert Burns, made by the Clyde Pottery of Greenock, Renfrewshire, 1850 - 1900
  • Boa V, Denholm P, Quail G. The Clyde Pottery. Greenock 1860-1905. Inverclyde District Libraries: 1987 
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