Notebook entitled 'Songs and Poems chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, by Charles Spence, a mason in Errol’, containing thirty-seven poems. Edit




  • 1805-1813. (Creation)


  • 38 Leaves (Whole)



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    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Arrangement

    38 + some blank folios.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, 1948.

  • Custodial History

    The notebook was bought by the National Library of Scotland with the aid of the Reid Fund.

  • Bibliography

    Eight of the poems were printed in a variant form in ‘From the braes of the carse’, edited by James M Strachan (Perth, 1898); their first lines are, 'I hae a lass, I lo'e her dear (folio 7 verso); 'O wat ye wha I met last night' (folio 13 verso); 'The sun shines nae mair...' (folio 16); "Dreary drips the mountain's brow" (folio 22); "I'll tak farewel o' Thee" (folio 23); 'Dear Mary we must part' (folio 27); "Fair shines the sun on Earn's banks" (folio 30); and 'Tis lang sin I saw ye...' (folio 30 verso). The remaining twenty-nine are apparently unpublished.