The Town Mouse

I am linked to this thread through my sister’s marriage to Robert Richardson.

A Picture and 1000 Words

Reading by candlelight, sketch by Wendy Harty 2020

The Taill of the Uponlandis Mous and the Burges Mous, written by a Scot, around 1480, tells of fog and farne, and the fable was made. Today it’s call The Town Mouse and the City Mouse, part of Aesop’s Fairy Tales. It was an unusual tale for the times, as it blended the two protagonists with animal and human characteristics that satirized the new social classes in the rising burgess towns.

My 13th great grandfather, Sir/Lord Robert Richardson (Burgess of Jedburgh) was born during the reign of King James IV 1473-1513. According to the Scottish historian, George Crawfurd, he was descended of a stock of ancient and opulent burgesses of Edinburgh. Perhaps? George said the grandfather arrived in Scotland in 1424 in the reign of James I.

Robert Richardson (Burgess of Jedburgh) Sir/Lord

Robert Richardson became a Burgess.

Burgesses

were merchants or craftsmen who owned property in…

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