Bowl (detail), associated with Robert Burns

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made in Greenock, Renfrewshire

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Bowl (detail), associated with Robert Burns

This detail shows the mark on the base of an 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 mark consists of the pattern name 'TAM O' SHANTER' and the company name 'CLYDE POTTERY'.

A pottery at Greenock was established in 1815 under the title of 'The Clyde Pottery Company'. It was run by Thomas Shirley & Co from the 1840s until 1857. Thereafter, it continued as the Clyde Pottery Company Ltd until 1863. From then until 1900 it was known as the Clyde Pottery Company and from 1900 until its closure in 1905, it reverted back to Clyde Pottery Company Ltd.

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Online ID: 000-190-002-156-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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