Marigold reviews “The Illustrated Family Burns” vintage book 1870

In this post, Marigold will examine the presentation of Scottish poet Robert Burns’ works (1759 – 1796) in an 1870 vintage book titled: “The Illustrated Family Burns”.

The Illustrated Family Burns

The Illustrated Family Burns

My literary cat Marigold decided upon this issue, but we just missed Burns’ birthday unfortunately in January. The book has over 700 pages and 100 illustrations, some of which shall be presented here. This particular copy and cover I was unable to find on the internet. The publisher was Belford, Clarke, & Co., Chicago and New York.

Marigold on window Feb 9 2015
Marigold’s favorite Burns poem is “To a Mouse”

Marigold is not much of a reader, but she likes the pictures. She decided not to post any grim, or sad prints, so we concentrate on animals and happy times. There are, of course, a few cats depicted.

hare burns 550

lastmay a braw wooer 550

Burns Whistle girl 550

Woodlark burns 550

To a Mountain Daisy

To a Mountain Daisy

Burns Duncan Gray 550

Burns Bessy and cat 550
Note the cat center foreground

burns o poortith cauld 660

The auld farmers new-year morning salutation to his auld mare Maggie

the auld farmers new-year morningsalutation to his auld mare Maggie

My Hearts in the Highlands

My Hearts in the Highlands


Old postcard St Andrews Scotland

Me in Scotland

Me in St. Andrews Scotland 1988



  1. Congratulations on choosing such wonderful illustrations, Marigold! I like the rabbits and the one with the cat. I’m sure Robert Burns had a cat. Do you know the modern Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith? He has a cat, too, who enjoys sitting on a wall by a loch that’s right next to their house!

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    1. I am not familiar with A. M. Smith, but I shall look him up later. It is difficult to be confined to the subject of cats on a cat blog sometimes, but fortunately I have my critic Marigold to review certain items, so I can digress a little from the subject matter from time to time. Thanks again for your comment, Catherine. I wonder if the “Dick and Jane” books had any cats in them. I seem to remember a dog. Perhaps one day I will come across an old one.


      1. Yes, the dog in “Dick and Jane” was Spot and the cat was Puff–an orangey, as I recall. I have a few old cat books in my collection of vintage children’s books–I should post the cover photos, as I follow a few of your fellow cat bloggers who might enjoy them, too. Thank you for your wonderful comments, Greg, and I hope you find Alexander McCall Smith a pleasant surprise!

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