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The Martial Atchievements of the Scots Nation, vol.1

Author Abercromby, Patrick.
Title The Martial Atchievements of the Scots Nation, vol.1
Imprint Edinburgh : Robert Freebairn
Date of Publication 1711
Notes With title-page inscriptions showing it to have been presented by the author to the Scottish Benedictine monastery at Ratisbon in Germany in the year of publication: 'Monasterij S. Jacobi Scotorum Ratisbonae 1711' and 'Reverendissimo Placido Flaminio Abbati dignissimo exempti Monasterij S. Jacobi Scotorum Ratisbonae dono dedit author libri Patricius Abercromby'. When the Schottenkloster, or Scottish monastery of St James at Ratisbon was finally suppressed in 1862, a number of books found their way to Scotland, brought ? so the story goes ? by Father Anselm Robertson, originally from Fochabers and one of the last two remaining monks at Ratisbon. Several years later, in the late 1870s, these items became part of the founding collections of the community of St Benedict's Abbey, founded in 1876 at Fort Augustus, on the western shore of Loch Ness. Over the coming years, the Benedictine monks were to make significant additions to that 'foundation' collection, attracting gifts from a variety of sources. During the 1990s the early books and manuscripts ? including all the items known to have come from Ratisbon ? were placed on deposit in the National Library. In late 1998 the decision was taken to close the Abbey, and with the help of a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund the National Library purchased a selection of 13 manuscripts and 543 printed books for a total of 475,450. At the heart of the selection are the four manuscripts and 54 printed items inscribed as belonging to the monastery of St James at Ratisbon.
Shelfmark SBA.671-672
Acquired on 01/05/00
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