Advertisement for second night performance of the 'New Tragedy Douglas', 1757 [Library shelfmark: AP.6.219.3].
John Home (1722-1808) was a Scottish minister.
His play 'Douglas' was a tragedy telling the story of the eponymous hero, who was hidden by his mother as a baby, but who returns to tragic effect.
Amongst the 'literati' of the Scottish Enlightenment, the play was a cause celebre, both for the arguments surrounding the Church's opposition to the theatre, and as a work of Scottish culture.
View the broadside on which the 'Douglas' play is based in our 'Word on the Street' digital resource.
Read more about the history of the theatre in Scotland in our collections pages.