ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: February 24, 2020
Wilson’s Ornithology and Burds in Scots
By Hamish MacDonald and Alexander Wilson
As a result of his travels across the North American continent in the eighteenth century Alexander Wilson pioneered the science of ornithological writing and illustration, becoming an inspiration for most of the ornithological works which followed.
This new book celebrates the artwork of Alexander Wilson by reproducing his illustrations alongside new poems in Scots by Hamish MacDonald, looking at the habits, habitats, and characteristics of birds.
ALEXANDER WILSON, a Radical Paisley weaver turned packman, travelled thousands of miles by foot across the American continent illustrating and writing about its bird life. HAMISH MACDONALD was the first skriver at the Scottish National Library in Edinburgh and the poems reflect his own lifelong love of birds.