During the White Pavilion correspondence in 1796, Seymore searched through his archive for mementos of his 1761 trip to Scotland and the ensuing aerovoyage by balloon from the Firth of Clyde to the Firth of Forth. Upon finding the diary, in which he had long ago begun recording his overland travels from Kirkudbright to Ayr, he sent his daughter a transcript of it in the hope that she might not only enjoy reading it, but find important corollaries between his balloon adventures and the making and maintaining of home. Precisely what those motivations were and how they correlated with making a home were matters he addressed at some length in letters yet to be published in the White Pavilion series.
This series of novellas lets the reader step with Seymore into the world of ideas, wonder, possibilities, and creativity that Seymore brought to the world in which he lived. One of Seymore's crowning achievements, as least as a writer, was the Isles of Rune, upon which he embarked solely for the delight of his children. However, the creative project turned out to be one of the longest and most satisfyingly demanding of his life. In Travels in Scotland giftedness and creative genius are not merely subjects described, but very nearly experiential as the underpinnings of Seymore's Legendary takes shape.