Grose was an intellectual tour de force, a lexicographer, historian, mapmaker and draftsman, and is perhaps most well known for works such as his Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1885) and The Antiquities of England and Wales (6 vol., 1773-1787). Grose travelled to Scotland and became a great friend and companion of the poets Robert Burns and Dr Blacklock, both of whom are sketched in the present album. Burns' famous poem 'Tam O'Shanter' was apparently written for Grose. Grose left Scotland for Ireland to research his book The Antiquities of Ireland of which he wrote two volumes before his work was cut short by his death in 1791. Grose is buried just outside Dublin.