Scottish treasures mark the end of Homecoming Year

Closing lines and signature on manuscript
Detail from the order for
the Massacre of Glencoe

A specifically Scottish flavour runs through the latest display of National Library of Scotland treasures.

To mark the end of the Year of Homecoming, we are highlighting some key moments from Scotland's history and culture.

At the centre of the display is the signed order for the Massacre of Glencoe. Dated 1692, this chilling document triggered one of the country's most infamous events — the brutal killing of members of the MacDonald clan.

From 16th-century map to Sherlock Holmes

The oldest item is the Forlani map. Believed to be the first printed map of Scotland on its own, it derived from a 1546 map of the British Isles. The most recent item is the 1925 manuscript of a Sherlock Holmes story by Arthur Conan Doyle.

On show for the first time since we bought it earlier this year is the manuscript for Robert Burns' poem 'The Battle of Sherra-Moor'.

From 19 November until 8 January, the free treasures display is open daily, except on festive public holidays and special closures.

16 November 2009

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