Manuscript purchases 2002-2003

  • Correspondence and papers, 1594-1913, of the family of Skene of Rubislaw, but mostly dating from the period of James Skene 1775-1864, and including papers of or relating to Sir Walter Scott and the painter Andrew Wilson.
    Acc 12092
  • Two letters, 1687-8, of Patrick Ellis and James Cheisly, merchants in London, to Alexander Ogston and Walter Cheisly respectively bookseller and merchant in Edinburgh.
    Acc 12110
  • Letter, 1726, of General George Wade, Commander-in-Chief in Scotland, describing the success of his policy of subjugation of the Highlands.
    Acc 12157
  • Transcript, 1893, of the manuscript journal, 1736-7, of Dr Alexander Cunyngham, later Sir Alexander Dick of Prestonfield, Bt., made on his Italian journey with Allan Ramsay the younger. This includes material not printed in Curiosities of a Scots Charta Chest, ed The Hon Mrs Atholl Forbes, (1897).
    Acc 12078
  • A collection of letters, ca.1772-83, of members of the Walker family of Dundonald, Ayrshire, some from relations in America and one reporting on anti-Catholic riots in Edinburgh 1779; with a nineteenth-century transcript (and twentieth-century typescript copy) of a journal of Josiah Walker, originally written in 1780.
    Acc 12085
  • Antiquarian album of Adam de Cardonnel, compiled ca.1780-1820, and containing several hundred prints and drawings.
    Acc 12139
  • Album of Music, ca.1800, owned by Anna Corrie [or Ann Corri] daughter-in-law of the Edinburgh-based composer Domenico Corri.
    Acc 12073
  • Legal and financial correspondence and papers, 1806-1823, relating to the affairs of the Balerno Paper Mill Company, Midlothian.
    Acc 12180
  • Letter, 1808, of James Watson to Captain Charlton, RN, on impressment for the Navy in Scotland and on local justice in Scottish burghs.
    Acc 12166
  • Thirteen drawings, 1809-12, by Edward Blore for Sir James Hall's Essay on the Origin, History, and Principles of Gothic Architecture (1813), together with a collection of proof engravings for the book and some drawings, notes and papers of Sir James Hall.
    Acc 12083
  • Letter, 1812, of Sir Robert Liston to George Aust on social matters and discussing matters and men concerned with the foreign service.
    Acc 12103
  • Journal, 1819-21, in three volumes, of Mary Pringle, recording her travels in France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and the Low Countries.
    Acc 12128
  • Correspondence, 1820-99, of the family of the Revd Robert Brown, of Cumnock, Ayrshire, especially of his elder daughter Jane Hay Brown, later Hamilton, in Germany, Australia and Scotland, and his son the Revd Dr James Brown, Paisley.
    Acc 12100
  • Letter, [1823], of George Thomson to Nathaniel Gow, musician, on the death of the latter's son Neil.
    Acc 12127
  • Letter, n.d., of Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey, to Thomas Francis Kennedy of Dunure on the pressures of a Glasgow High Court trial.
    Acc 12168
  • Letter, 1826, of Jane Dunlop to William Dunlop in India on social and domestic matters, but also mentioning the latest work of Sir Walter Scott and the possible loss by fire of letters of Burns to Mrs Dunlop.
    Acc 12065
  • Notes, ca.1826, of books required by Sir Walter Scott in the course of writing his Life of Napoleon Buonaparte.
    Acc 12159
  • Letter, 1827, of Henry Cockburn to Thomas Francis Kennedy of Dunure on the political management of Scotland.
    Acc 12167
  • Papers, 1827-8, relating to the erection of a monument to the Gaelic poet, Rob Donn MacAoidh (1714-78).
    Acc 12176
  • Souvenir facsimile of autograph letter, ca.1830, of Sir Walter Scott to Charles Tilt which differs from other known examples.
    Acc 12101
  • Letters to, and papers of and concerning, David Roberts, 1832-43, many being from official, personal and artistic contacts in France and Spain.
    Acc 12158
  • Journal, 1838, of a cruise through the Western Isles in the 'Spray' and 'Echo' pleasure boats, kept by H Tennent and dedicated to Robert Tennent. (This journal was associated with the Edinburgh Calotype Club album bought by the Library in December 2001.)
    Acc 12071
  • Business and legal papers, 1838-56, of James Gentleman, merchant in Edinburgh, relating mostly to his Leith shipping interests; with miscellaneous legal and other papers 1838-93.
    Acc 12184
  • Letter, 1840, of Samuel Prout to David Roberts requesting the loan of a painting and discussing the production of Roberts's Holy Land.
    Acc 12122
  • Letter, 1846, of General Sir Charles Napier to Jane Porter recalling experiences in the Peninsular War with her brother Sir Robert Ker Porter, and mentioning the effect of her works on himself and others in the army in Sind.
    Acc 12104
  • Calligraphic album and commonplace book, 1850, of Andrew Kippen, Edinburgh, entitled 'Cabinet of Music Poetry and Drawing'.
    Acc 12170
  • Correspondence and papers of Hector Hugh Mackenzie (1867-1948) mostly relating to Highland History and music, including some papers relating to Frances Tolmie.
    Acc 12175
  • Letter, 1885, of Archibald Philip, 5th Earl of Rosebery, to Walter Severn, on Burns, Scott and Keats.
    Acc 12105
  • Manuscript, ca.1890, of an unpublished novella by R A Stirling, set in Portugal and entitled 'The Green Purse'.
    Acc 12174
  • Collection of musical scores, ca. 1890-1900, finished and draft, including the symphony 'The Creation', by William Wallace; with some correspondence and papers on musical controversies.
    Acc 12120
  • Letters, photographs, press cuttings and miscellaneous papers, 1920-46, n.d., of Lieut-Col Peter R Oliver, including material relating to the Everest Expeditions, 1936 and 1938.
    Acc 12096
  • Letter, 1925, of John Buchan to Edmund Vale, criticizing the latter's short stories in positive and negative terms.
    Acc 12102
  • Papers, 1932-2001, of Dame Muriel Spark, including research material, manuscript and typescript of the novel 'Aiding and Abetting', manuscripts of short stories, and correspondence files, 1997-2000.
    Acc 12082
  • Letters, 1936-83 and n.d, to Ernest Brooks and Barbara Niven of or concerning C M Grieve (Hugh MacDiarmid), with a typescript, ca.1938, of 'Mature Art'.
    Acc 12074
  • Papers, 1948-86, of the artist Bet Low, concerning her role in the establishment of the New Charing Cross Gallery, Glasgow.
    Acc 12177
  • Papers, 1960-1989, of Allan Campbell Mclean, including notebooks, typescripts of novels, correspondence and financial papers.
    Acc 12134
  • Literary papers, 1961-99, of Stewart Conn, including correspondence, typescripts and a small number of manuscript drafts of poetry, and scripts of plays and adaptations for stage, radio and television.
    Acc 12098
  • Literary papers and correspondence, 1971-2001, of Alan Spence.
    Acc 12079
  • Literary correspondence and papers, 1977-2001 of David Morrison.
    Acc 12112
  • Papers, 1978-98, of Kathleen Jamie.
    Acc 12107
  • Literary papers, ca.1980-2002, of Emma Tennant, and some family papers, 1910-1930, relating to Pamela Glenconner.
    Acc 12143
  • Typescripts, ca.1983-2002, of six plays and a collection of poetry by Ian Brown.
    Acc 12081
  • Manuscripts, 1984 and 2000, of 'Scots Suite for Solo Violin' and 'Pan-Celtic Symphonic Folksong, Suite for Wind Quintet' by Ronald Stevenson.
    Acc 12080
  • Twenty-five letters, 1986-95, of Tom Scott, and two letters, 1990, of Lord (George) Macleod of Fuinary to Joyce Gunn-Cairns, with related material.
    Acc 12064
  • Letters, 1987-97, of John Manson concerning Victor Serge; and letters, 1981-2001 and n.d., of D W Dörrbecker, Duncan Glen, T S Law and William Neil, with typescripts, 2001, of George Hardie and Neil Mathers.
    Acc 12063
  • Letters and typescripts, 1988-2001, of Neil Mathers relating to the publication Epoch.
    Acc 12152
  • Manuscripts and typescripts, 1997-9, of 'The Fanatic' by James Robertson, and of a translation of Dùghall Bochonar's 'Là a'Bhreitheanais'.
    Acc 12113
  • Literary papers, 1998-2002, of Kathleen Jamie.
    Acc 12183
  • Photocopy of a typescript, 2000, of 'Donald Crabbie, DSC: Wartime Memories', which covers his service in the Royal Navy during the Second World War.
    Acc 12114

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