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Allan Ramsay Festival

Allan Ramsay Festival

A celebration of the life and works of Scots poet Allan Ramsay and his son (also Allan Ramsay) the distinguished portrait painter. Both remarkable men are key figures in Scottish History and Culture.

Allan Ramsay (poet) 1684-1758 was a founding father of Romanticism. He pioneered a new style of writing and in the Scots language which celebrate his love of countryside and rustic life of the time. His most famous work ‘The Gentle Shepherd’ is set close to the hotel. His son, also Allan Ramsay, (1713-1784) was probably one of Britain’s finest artists, who became portrait painter to the King (George III) and painted the great and good of the time.

Friday 14th October: COMMUNITY OPEN DAY

Doors Open 12:
•Exhibition of Paintings by Allan Ramsay Jnr.
•Displays of Poetry by Allan Ramsay
•Photography Exhibition: “Scenery of The Gentle Shepherd”
•Gentle Shepherd Storyboard
•Allan Ramsay Heritage Trails

8pm : An Evening of Allan Ramsay’s Music and Poetry

Saturday 15th October: ALLAN RAMSAY CELEBRATION

Doors open 12:
•Exhibition of Paintings by Allan Ramsay Jnr
•Displays of Poetry by Allan Ramsay
•Photography Exhibition: “Scenery of The Gentle Shepherd”
•Gentle Shepherd Storyboard
•Allan Ramsay Heritage Trails

1.30pm: Unveiling of Allan Ramsay Historic Environment Scotland Plaque by Christine Grahame MSP

2pm: Guided Walks to the Scenery of the Gentle Shepherd

5pm: Talk by Professor Murray Pittock, Glasgow University, General Editor The Works of Allan Ramsay

“Five Things that Allan Ramsay Gave Scotland in the Seventy Years of His Life”

7pm: Allan Ramsay Celebration Dinner (Ticket Only)

Sunday 16th October: COMMUNITY OPEN DAY

Doors Open 12:
•Exhibition of Paintings by Allan Ramsay Jnr.
•Displays of Poetry by Allan Ramsay
•Photography Exhibition: “Scenery of The Gentle Shepherd”
•Gentle Shepherd Storyboard
•Allan Ramsay Heritage Trails

Lunch and Evening Meals (12-3pm & 5pm-8.45pm)