Robert Burns and the Hellish Legion
Tam tint his reason a’thegither,
And roars out, ‘Weel, done, Cutty-sark!’
And in an instant all was dark!
And scarcely had he Maggie rallied
When out the hellish legion sallied.
from Tam o’ Shanter
Devils, witches and evil – this book examines beliefs in these in Burns’s time.
In contrast with the insubstantial but terrifying world of the supernatural the book also looks at the lives of country people and the nature of the material world in which they lived.
‘Tam o’ Shanter’ brings all of this together and the book ends with a discussion
of the poem.
John Burnett was Principal Curator of Modern Scotland, National Museums Scotland
A Burns Miscellany from the National Collections
The National Library of Scotland, National Museums Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland collaborated to highlight some of the treasures in their care relating to Robert Burns's life, work and heritage.
Shown here are select and iconic examples from the national collections including paintings, objects, books and manuscripts
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National Museums Scotland, Scottish Charity, No. SC 011130