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.
- 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.
- Letter, 1726, of General George Wade, Commander-in-Chief in
Scotland, describing the success of his policy of subjugation of
- 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).
- 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
- Antiquarian album of Adam de Cardonnel, compiled ca.1780-1820,
and containing several hundred prints and drawings.
- Album of Music, ca.1800, owned by Anna Corrie [or Ann Corri]
daughter-in-law of the Edinburgh-based composer Domenico
- Legal and financial correspondence and papers, 1806-1823,
relating to the affairs of the Balerno Paper Mill Company,
- Letter, 1808, of James Watson to Captain Charlton, RN, on
impressment for the Navy in Scotland and on local justice in
- 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
- Letter, 1812, of Sir Robert Liston to George Aust on social
matters and discussing matters and men concerned with the foreign
- Journal, 1819-21, in three volumes, of Mary Pringle, recording
her travels in France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and the Low
- 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.
- Letter, , of George Thomson to Nathaniel Gow, musician,
on the death of the latter's son Neil.
- Letter, n.d., of Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey, to Thomas
Francis Kennedy of Dunure on the pressures of a Glasgow High Court
- 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.
- Notes, ca.1826, of books required by Sir Walter Scott in the
course of writing his Life of Napoleon Buonaparte.
- Letter, 1827, of Henry Cockburn to Thomas Francis Kennedy of
Dunure on the political management of Scotland.
- Papers, 1827-8, relating to the erection of a monument to the
Gaelic poet, Rob Donn MacAoidh (1714-78).
- Souvenir facsimile of autograph letter, ca.1830, of Sir Walter
Scott to Charles Tilt which differs from other known
- Letters to, and papers of and concerning, David Roberts,
1832-43, many being from official, personal and artistic contacts
in France and Spain.
- 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.)
- 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.
- Letter, 1840, of Samuel Prout to David Roberts requesting the
loan of a painting and discussing the production of Roberts's
- 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.
- Calligraphic album and commonplace book, 1850, of Andrew
Kippen, Edinburgh, entitled 'Cabinet of Music Poetry and
- Correspondence and papers of Hector Hugh Mackenzie (1867-1948)
mostly relating to Highland History and music, including some
papers relating to Frances Tolmie.
- Letter, 1885, of Archibald Philip, 5th Earl of
Rosebery, to Walter Severn, on Burns, Scott and Keats.
- Manuscript, ca.1890, of an unpublished novella by R A Stirling,
set in Portugal and entitled 'The Green Purse'.
- 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.
- 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.
- Letter, 1925, of John Buchan to Edmund Vale, criticizing the
latter's short stories in positive and negative terms.
- 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,
- 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'.
- Papers, 1948-86, of the artist Bet Low, concerning her role in
the establishment of the New Charing Cross Gallery, Glasgow.
- Papers, 1960-1989, of Allan Campbell Mclean, including
notebooks, typescripts of novels, correspondence and financial
- 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
- Literary papers and correspondence, 1971-2001, of Alan
- Literary correspondence and papers, 1977-2001 of David
- Papers, 1978-98, of Kathleen Jamie.
- Literary papers, ca.1980-2002, of Emma Tennant, and some family
papers, 1910-1930, relating to Pamela Glenconner.
- Typescripts, ca.1983-2002, of six plays and a collection of
poetry by Ian Brown.
- Manuscripts, 1984 and 2000, of 'Scots Suite for Solo Violin'
and 'Pan-Celtic Symphonic Folksong, Suite for Wind Quintet' by
- 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.
- 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
- Letters and typescripts, 1988-2001, of Neil Mathers relating to
the publication Epoch.
- Manuscripts and typescripts, 1997-9, of 'The Fanatic' by James
Robertson, and of a translation of Dùghall Bochonar's 'Là
- Literary papers, 1998-2002, of Kathleen Jamie.
- Photocopy of a typescript, 2000, of 'Donald Crabbie, DSC:
Wartime Memories', which covers his service in the Royal Navy
during the Second World War.