Memoirs of an Eighteenth Century Footman: John Macdonald Travels (1745-1779) (Hardback) book cover

Memoirs of an Eighteenth Century Footman

John Macdonald Travels (1745-1779)

By John Macdonald

Introduction by John Beresford

© 2005 – Routledge

300 pages

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About the Book

First published in 1927. John Macdonald (1741-96) was born, and died, a Scottish Highlander. First published at the time of the French Revolution, these memoirs of his days in service provide a rich panorama of life in the company of blind fiddlers, maid-servants, the Scottish aristocracy, soldiers, historians, Oriental Princes, servants of the East India Company and men of great wealth, including James Coutts the banker. In 1768 - as the result of an errand - it fell to Macdonald to witness the death of Laurence Sterne.

'Simply packed with interest' Sunday Times

'..a model of genuine writing' Evening Standard

'Deserves a high place among autobiographies.' Nation

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century