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Thomas Pennant’s Tour in Scotland, and voyage to the Hebrides (1774-1776)

S. 9. 23-4

Thomas Pennant (1726- 1798) was a Welsh writer, naturalist and antiquarian, who was one of the first to explore the remotest regions of Britain.  His tours caught the attention of fellow traveller, Samuel Johnson (1709–1784), and his Tour of Scotland was so popular that is it believed to have increased the number of English visitors the country in the latter part of the eighteenth century.

Much of Pennant’s work, including his Tour of Scotland, was illustrated by the engraver, watercolourist and fellow Welshman, Moses Griffith (1747–1819), who travelled with Pennant on horseback.