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Title: French Travellers to Scotland, 1780-1830: An Analysis of Some Travel Journals.
Author(s): McFarlane, Elizabeth Anne
Supervisor(s): Macleod, Emma
Keywords: travel journals as historical documents
French travellers to Scotland
1780 to 1830
rural areas, agriculture, industry, transport and towns
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: University of Stirling
Abstract: This study examines the value of travellers’ written records of their trips with specific reference to the journals of five French travellers who visited Scotland between 1780 and 1830. The thesis argues that they contain material which demonstrates the merit of journals as historical documents. The themes chosen for scrutiny, life in the rural areas, agriculture, industry, transport and towns, are examined and assessed across the journals and against the social, economic and literary scene in France and Scotland. Through the evidence presented in the journals, the thesis explores aspects of the tourist experience of the Enlightenment and post -Enlightenment periods. The viewpoint of knowledgeable French Anglophiles and their receptiveness to Scottish influences, grants a perspective of the position of France in the economic, social and power structure of Europe and the New World vis-à-vis Scotland. The thesis adopts a narrow, focussed analysis of the journals which is compared and contrasted to a broad brush approach adopted in other studies.
Type: Thesis or Dissertation

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