Letter-book of Richard Coren, Lieutenant-Governor of Edinburgh Castle. Edit




  • 1751-late 18th century. (Creation)


  • 70 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Arrangement

    44 + 26 inverted + blank folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    The letter-book, 1751-1762, includes correspondence of Richard Coren and General Humphrey Bland, Governor of the Castle and Commander-in-Chief of the Forces in Scotland, the Board of Ordnance, and various army agents in London. The letters concern the financial affairs of the garrison, the repair and improvement of the structure of the Castle (including the construction of the Esplanade), and relationships between the garrison and the town.

    At the end, inverted, is a series of household accounts, late 18th century.

  • Bibliography

    For extracts, with commentary, from this letter-book, see 'Edinburgh Castle, 1751-1853' by T I Rae, in ‘Book of the Old Edinburgh Club’, volume xxxii (Edinburgh, 1966), pages 54-107.

  • Custodial History

    The letter-book was bought by the National Library of Scotland with the aid of the Reid Fund.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, 1957.