Rokeby Museum & Walter Scott

November 22, 2011 at 8:09 am (books, entertainment, estates, history) (, , , , , , , )

Rokeby Museum is about a 30-minute drive south of where I live; I must confess that I’ve never stopped whenever I’ve driven by… A professor of History used to bring her class, but I never tagged along. But Rokeby — by its very name — has a connection with the story of the Smiths & Goslings: Its name comes from the poem by Walter Scott! That news came yesterday when reading a nice article on the museum in the Burlington Free Press. (Although they ID Rokeby as an epic novel rather than poem.)

Rokeby was published in 1813 — so it would be interesting to know WHEN the house-cum-museum obtained its name.

To read about Scott’s life and the composition of Rokeby see The Walter Scott Digital Archive.

The Robinsons of Rokeby in Ferrisburgh, Vermont were not the only ones to name their home after Scott’s poem! See also this Rokeby Manor.

In searching for Sir William Knighton — physician to the Prince of Wales (George IV), and appointed “privy purse” — I found this text of a letter Sir William wrote … Sir Walter Scott!

J.M.W. Turner immortalized Rokeby in 1822.

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