- Six miscellaneous Scottish documents, 16th and 17th century: 1)
copy of document setting up the Christian League, 1585 (with 19th
century transcript); 2) losses of Aberdeen in the Civil War period,
presented at the Convention of Royal Burghs, 1695; 3) Reply to the
Western Remonstrance, 1650, Perth; 4) Protest of the Supplicants
against the Privy Council, 1637; 5) Account of the Scots
Corporation, ca.1695; 6) Account of celebrations in Edinburgh on
the anniversaries of the King's birthday and restoration,
- 'The humble complaint of Geo. Eglisham Doctor of Physicke'
addressed to Charles I, 1626. With typescript transcription.
- 'Practiques of the Law of Scotland', containing 'Actes of
parliament ordine alphabetico anent Crymes'; 'Practickes re land',
1666; and 'The ordinarie forme of proces befor the Lordes of
- Letter, 1676, of Ralph Hebburne to Henry, Earl of Ogle, at
Newcastle House, London, on the suppression of conventicles on the
Border, and on the Covenanters' tactics for evading the authorities
and the need for firm action by Lauderdale.
- Letter, 1682, of John Calderwood to Abel Swayle ordering books
for stock and mentioning particularly a work by William
- Collection of miscellaneous letters, 1743-1833. Writers include
Henry Mackenzie, Thomas Chalmers and W M Hetherington; and
correspondence of David Stewart Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan.
- Warrant, 1746, summoning James Douglas, 14th Earl of Morton, to
attend the trials for High Treason of Lords Kilmarnock, Cromartie
- Papers relating to the Tibbets family of Edinburgh,
ca.1768-1857, including documents connected with the visit of King
George IV, 1822.
- Letter, 1783, of John Spottiswoode, younger of Spottiswoode, to
his father on legal cases in Edinburgh and political affairs in
London and mentioning the manuscript of a dictionary.
- Letters, 1787, to Charles Macintosh, chemist, when he was in
France on a business trip to promote the sale of cudbear dye, to
observe contemporary manufacturing techniques of French dyers, and
to gain wider experience of European markets and to learn the
language; with one letter relating to Macintosh's horticultural
- Volume, compiled at various dates up to 1789, containing
obituaries, funeral orations and biographical notes of and
concerning James III, the Old Pretender, his wife and sons, and of
the Duchess of Albany, daughter of Prince Charles Edward Stuart.
Modern historical notes are enclosed.
- Correspondence and papers, 1790-1838, of Henry Dundas, 1st
Viscount Melville and Robert Saunders Dundas, 2nd Viscount
Melville, on Indian affairs.
- Letter, 1792, of R C Chilton to R Corbould on his continental
travels, mentioning especially the scenery of Switzerland.
- Letter, 1795, of James Taylor, bookbinder in Edinburgh to
William Walker, writer in Dundee, concerning a debt due to
- Bill, 1798, of James Stott to Alexander Gordon for various
optical goods and scientific instruments.
- Journal, 1800-09, of Private William Newman, 3rd Foot Guards,
recording his experiences in Egypt, Germany and Denmark, the
manuscript breaking off with his voyage to Spain.
- Collection of letters, ca.1801-38, from various artists,
musicians and men of letters to Alexander Ballantyne, together with
various Ballantyne family documents and a letter of James
Ballantyne, 1822, offering his brother Alexander employment with
the Ballantyne Press in Edinburgh.
- Correspondence and papers, 1801-55, of or relating to Mungo
Park (1771-1806), the West African explorer, and to his
- Account  of a quarrel and the resulting duel between two
officers of the 78th Highlanders near Ahmadnagar, India, including
a statement by the surviving party.
- Volume of case papers, ca.1806, for the presentation case in
the impeachment of Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville.
- Journal in three volumes, 1808-9, 1812-13, of Captain James
Stirling, 42nd Royal Highlanders, describing his service in Spain,
the Low Countries and once again in the Peninsula and in South-West
- Letter, 1809, of Sylvester Douglas, 1st Baron Glenbervie, on
genealogical work concerning his family.
- Letter, 1810, of Lieutenant-General Sir John Stuart, KB, Count
of Maida, to Garter King of Arms on his wish for an appropriate
augmentation of honour on his shield.
- Letter, 1817, of Captain Basil Hall to Sir Hudson Lowe,
Governor of St Helena, sending a copy of a work of his father (Sir
James Hall, Bt) for the use of 'the man of the Mountains', i.e.
- Letter, 1821, of Thomas Graham, 1st Baron Lynedoch, to his
factor at Lynedoch giving his observations on river and canal
defences in Spain and their possible application on his
- A heavily annotated copy of Sir Robert Douglas of Glenbervie,
Peerage of Scotland, 2nd edn., ed. John Philp Wood
(Edinburgh 1813); the annotation, ca.1821-60, being the work of the
genealogist and author of family histories, Alexander
- Letter, 1822, of Sir David Wilkie to Samuel Dobreé, on matters
relating to the Royal Academy exhibition and mentioning his work on
his 'Chelsea Pensioners reading the Gazette of the Battle of
- Letter, 1830, of Peter Buchan to William Motherwell describing
a visit to Abbotsford and discussing sales of his collection of
- Twelve drawings, 1831, of David Roberts made for his projected
part-work, 'The Antiquities of Scotland', nine of the drawings
being etched for this set in extremely limited numbers.
- Letter, 1832, of Major Walter Scott, later 2nd Baronet of
Abbotsford, to Captain Pigott, RN, describing his father's
increasing illness and his hurried journey home from Italy.
- Timetable and fares, 1832, for travel on the North Mail,
Defiance, Star and Caledonian or Highland coaches in the north of
- Diary, 1837, of Alexander Ballantyne.
- Sketch and description, n.d., by Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe of
an alleged 'antiquity' from Trinity College Church, Edinburgh, the
drawing of the monumental effigy being presented as a joke by
Sharpe to David Laing.
- Sketchbook of a Scottish tour, 1839, by Elizabeth Caroline
- Letter, 1841, of the artist John Alexander Gilfillan
(1793-1863) to a potential purchaser of his pictures, to be sold by
lottery, prior to his emigration to New Zealand.
- Letter, 1842, of William Gregory, Professor of Chemistry at
Aberdeen, about his work, circumstances and lack of
- Letter, 1862, of Sir David Brewster discussing the validity of
René Prudent Dagron's patent relating to the development of
- Two journal-letters, 1865, of R(obert) M(ichael) Ballantyne
from the Bell Rock Light, with two watercolour paintings of the
lighthouse, one showing the building from the reef, the other being
an interior view; with two other letters of Ballantyne, 1864-5, on
lifeboats, and a quantity of later letters of R M Ballantyne, his
family and friends.
- Collection of letters, 1896-1903, of William Sharp to John
Macleay, with one to W B Yeats, all concerning the writing and
literary activities of 'Fiona Macleod', the letters being written
either by Sharp in his own persona or in that of his alter ego
- Twelve letters, 1896-1908, of Neil Munro to John Macleay.
- Four letters, 1900-02, of Jack Hunt, a private soldier of, or
attached to, the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, in the Boer War.
- Typescript, with corrections by the author, of The
Passionate Elopement by Compton Mackenzie, published
- A collection of 51 documents, 1915-17, in Russian relating to
Sir Robert H Bruce Lockhart's activities as British Vice-Consul in
Moscow, and to current Russian politics.
- Autograph manuscript of a story or book chapter, n.d. (ca.1920)
by John Buchan entitled 'Other Gods'.
- Letter, 1922, of Douglas, 1st Earl Haig, to the Headmaster of
Clifton College, on Old Cliftonian matters and referring with
distaste to the War Office.
- Two letters, 1929, 1937, of Sir Hugh Walpole, the latter
concerning his reading of James Grant's novel Bothwell and
on Walpole's juvenile rewriting of its ending.
- Additional papers of Sorley MacLean, ca.1931-90, including
university notes, correspondence and literary papers.
- Typescript, 1952, of 'The Lass Wi' the Muckle Mou', a play by
- Typescript, n.d., of five poems and an article, 1963, of Robin
- Letter, ca.1964-6, of Wendy Wood concerning a speaking
engagement and her need to ask for a fee.
- Corrected typescript, ca.1968, of 'At the Shrine o the Unkent
Sodger' by Tom Scott.
- Colour and black and white photographs, 1970-2001, of Scottish
authors taken by Gordon Wright
- Photocopies of nine letters, 1972-8, of C M Grieve ('Hugh
MacDiarmid') to Henry Mair.
- Letter, 1973, of C M Grieve ('Hugh MacDiarmid').
- Letter, 1975, of C M Grieve ('Hugh MacDiarmid') concerning
publication of his poem 'The White Rose of Scotland'.
- Correspondence, with some drafts of works, 1975-2000, of
Professor A D S Fowler, FBA.
- Musicological correspondence and other material, ca.1980-2000,
of Michael Bonaventure.
- Literary correspondence, 1982-97, of Sam Gilliland.
- Papers, 1989-91, of Chapman, including corrected
typescripts, proofs, and editorial correspondence.
- Literary correspondence, 1999-2001, of William Neill.
- Correspondence, 2001-01, manuscript drafts and typescripts
relating to MacDiarmid's Disciple by Henry Mair.
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