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:
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