Displays of love and hate

A Valentine card, a wedding scrapbook and the order for the massacre of Glencoe feature in a special display of manuscripts at the National Library of Scotland this month, as part of the first Archives Awareness Month. This national celebration of the riches of Britain's archival heritage, co-ordinated by the National Council on Archives, runs throughout September, with the theme of 'Love and Hate' being taken up by archives all around the country.

  Society wedding photo, 1903

Selected material from the Library's manuscript collections will be on show in the Barrel Vault display cases in our George IV Bridge Building. The Victorian Valentine card was sent anonymously to an Edinburgh gentleman, while the scrapbook was compiled by a bridesmaid for her sister's society wedding in Ayrshire in 1903. Letters from admirers are also among items displayed, including Robert Burns's letter to Agnes McLehose in 1791 in which he wrote his famous love song Ae fond kiss.

On the 'hate' side, the authorisation for the McDonalds of Glencoe being 'put to the sword' in 1692 is joined by papers relating to a duelling trial of the 1820s - in which a customer shot his banker! - and a illustration of Saint Sebastian, who was martyred during the reign of Roman Emperor Diocletian (AD 245-313), from the 15th-century Blackadder prayer book.

Extract from the order for the massacre of Glencoe   Our display of 'Stories of Love and Hate' is viewable from 8 to 30 September during library opening hours. Admission is free.

3 September 2003



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