'Abridgement of the History of the Orkneys, or Islands of Orkney, from Tharmodus Torfaeus, Historiographer to the King of Denmark', by the Reverend Alexander Pope, Minister of Reay. Edit


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  • [Circa 1780.] (Creation)


  • 43 Leaves (Whole)



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  • Arrangement

    i folio + 84 pages.

  • Scope and Contents

    This is an incomplete version of the Abridgement; another version, Alexander Pope's manuscript of which is preserved in Caithness County Library, was published at Wick in 1866. This abridgement corresponds to pages 1-157 of the 1866 edition; the translation is similar but not the same, the notes are quite different, and there is no Introduction. The handwriting is Pope's, except on pages 11-12, where it is the same as that on pages 113-117 of the Caithness County Library manuscript.

    At the beginning are notes by Sir James Foulis, Baronet of Colinton, on some work dealing with Orkney history, 1785. They do not appear to refer to either of the manuscripts or to Torfaeus, ‘Orcades’ (Copenhagen, 1697).

  • Bibliography

    See Beaton, Donald. ‘The Rev. Alexander Pope’ (Viking Club, 1910).