Academic journal article The Byron Journal

Postscript

Academic journal article The Byron Journal

Postscript

Article excerpt

A busload of delegates took off for Aberdeen the day after the conference ended. The granite city (we learned later that it had been a sandstone city in Byron's time) loomed out of a grey sky but the sun miraculously came out just as the Honourable Wilfred Lytton and the Provost of Aberdeen put wreaths beneath the statue of Lord Byron outside Aberdeen school. We then embarked to Haddo House, the estate of which has included the ruins of Gight (pronounced 'Gecht') Castle ever since Byron's mother was forced to sell it. The Marquess of Aberdeen had been at considerable pains to open the narrow road to the site but, unfortunately, the bus company refused to take us along it so we made do with a tour of the splendid house, and tea and scones by courtesy of Lady Aberdeen, who has done so much to make the Haddo House Hall an international music centre (pictures of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears staying in the house were prominently displayed). On the way back we stopped at the Brig o'Doon and, peering into the large black pool in which Byron had learned to swim, we shivered. Those prepared to brave the chill winds blowing in across the North Sea were then treated to a wonderfully informed tour of Byron's Aberdeen by an archaeologist attached to Aberdeen Council. …

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