Lizzie Loved Scotland

27 Feb

Something about Scotland must have resonated with Lizzie Borden on her 1890 Grand Tour of Europe.  Available information indicates she was fond of Scottish authors and poets.  So a little cruising (excuse the pun) of YouTube brought forth these representative videos of Scotland in the Edwardian era, which was basically 1880’s to 1916.

Below is a video of a Cunard vessel in 1901 – with sound.  Lizzie didn’t travel on a ship this grand but apart from summoning thoughts of the Titanic (note Captain Smith’s lookalike), it is illustrative of the era.

The Scotland Lizzie would have seen in 1890 on her “Grand Tour”.  Clearly Lizzie was impressed with the green expanse of Scotland’s countryside, its wide streets in Edinburgh, the beautiful castles and stately homes on vast acres.  I imagine she brought home prints of Scotland scenes much like these postcards.  And I can further imagine her years later sitting on her enclosed back porch at “Maplecroft” building castles in the air with fond remembrances of that grand, old time.

And the people of Edwardian Scotland – sites Lizzie may have seen -Well, maybe not so much the poorer folk, which she had plenty of opportunity to see in her home town of Fall River.  As was America, Scotland and all of Europe was experiencing the industrial revolution.  The working class was not so much different in Scotland as it was in New England.

And just for fun, time to pull out again the ever popular “Lizzie & Jack”:

On an unrelated note – to those who frequent the LB forum – has anyone noticed the continued decline of posts per month?  With the exception of June 2008, every month has been significantly less than the same month prior year – significantly less for almost 2 years.  Why aren’t people posting as much as they did before?  Possible reasons:  (1) The nitch is narrowing; (2) Former regular posters are MIA; (3) Other interests have taken hold of time and inclination; (4) Nothing new comes forth, i.e., same banterings on the same minutia of speculative theory; (5) The level of expertise of the dozen or so regular posters keep newbies intimidated; or (6) Whatever.

Anyway, November was a record low with only 424 versus 1171 for November 2007.  Here is a cut and paste from the “Statistics” graph from the site:

Number of new posts by month
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2003 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
2004 0 0 0 432 1138 832 595 710 676 611 1145 1280
2005 1110 1148 1615 1978 1457 1769 1228 1051 1328 1145 1059 1019
2006 1144 1223 1172 1402 1561 1831 1350 1961 1688 1549 1512 1595
2007 1707 1328 1264 1397 908 915 1038 1430 908 1079 1171 1052
2008 1494 1157 978 715 733 1059 829 934 643 786 424

Posted by on February 27, 2011 in Time Portals


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2 responses to “Lizzie Loved Scotland

  1. Fiz

    December 1, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    Faye, I thought you were stopping blogging, but I’m awfully glad you are not. I can’t comment too much as I would only be showing my ignorance, but I would miss you terribly if you stopped!

  2. phayemuss

    December 1, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    Thank you. No, haven’t given up, just don’t have as much time to give so postings will be further apart. Next one will be more interesting with new information on Helen Leighton, one of my Borden case favs. 🙂


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