Comprehending All the Words in Common Use in the Writings of Scott, Burns, Wilson, Ramsay, and Other Popular Scottish Authors
by Thomas Brown
Thomas Brown (1785- 1862) was a British naturalist, illustrator and author of numerous scientific books. His specialty was ornithology, and his plates are still prized and collected. However, while much of his work remains known, even centuries later, little is known about his life. Brown began his life’s work as a talented engraver. Around the age of 20, be joined the Forfar and Kincardine Militia. He traveled a great deal, much by ship, and was able to use his travels to learn and then depict both in prose and paint much about the world. In 1838, he became the curator of the Museum of the Manchester Historical Society. He remained in that role until his passing in 1862.
This work on the Scottish language is a bit outside of Brown’s usual scope. Some of his most popular writings include Elements of Conchology (1816); Illustrations of the Conchology of Great Britain and Ireland (1827); The Book of Butterflies, Sphinxes and Moths (1832), The Zoologist’s Text-book (1832), and Conchologist’s Text-book (1853).
This edition is dedicated to Robert Cooper, ever helpful curator and librarian of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and learned scholar of all things in his native land.