8.5 x 13.5 cm
I love this perfect 'desk sized' engraving of The Bass, dating from the 1700's, it includes the prison that once stood there.
Known as the ‘Scottish Alcatraz’, the Bass Rock prison held royals, ministers and a few Jacobites for good measure. The near impenetrable rock made it the perfect place for a jail.
The prison building was demolished at the beginning of the 18th century and the rock sold to Sir Hugh Dalrymple. From then up until the First World War, the rock was let out to tenants who earned money by fishing, grazing sheep and collecting eggs. Bass Rock is now a nature reserve, home to 10 per cent of the world’s Northern gannets.