By Michael T. Tracy
Obscured away within the data of St. Andrews college, unique Collections department is a ninety two web page go back and forth magazine written by means of a 25 12 months outdated, James Buist, a tenant farmer of Kirktonbarns. Written throughout the summer time of 1820 this detailed, descriptive, informative and anecdotal shuttle magazine chronicles Buist’s travels via part of Scotland and England by way of level trainer. He entitled the paintings as “Desultory Observations made in a trip via part of Scotland and England.” Buist devoted the paintings to Mr. J. Russell of Walton-upon-Thames, Surrey, England with apologies for the hold up in sending it.
The trip magazine starts off with a tender James Buist and his touring spouse, Mr. Russell Fernie assembled on the Black Bull lodge in Edinburgh the place they later watched the drill of the Royal Edinburgh Volunteers sooner than taking the Union degree trainer to Newcastle, York, then to Mr. J. Russell’s domestic in Walton-upon-Thames in Surrey. Buist offers an outline of the nation-state, agricultural practices and the most cities they gone through, together with Haddington, Dunbar, Berwick, Alnwick, Morpeth, Newcastle, Durham, York, Doncaster, London and eventually Walton. throughout the harvest time for Poland Oats, Buist, with an excellent curiosity in agriculture, compares this to the harvest in Fifeshire, Scotland and likewise documents descriptions of varied vegetation and orchards. He visits Claremont, Windsor, Hampton court docket Palace, Oatlands, and Holkham corridor and infrequently has social engagements with different Scots in his travels. additionally inside the go back and forth magazine are many anecdotes approximately stipulations he persisted whereas touring through trainer. Buist took the level trainer to London, throughout the Fens, Grantham, Newcastle, then again to Edinburgh through Coldstream and Kelso by way of the tip of August 1820. This then is the narrative of James Buist’s trip via part of Scotland and England throughout the summer season of 1820.