"Tibbie Flint's history", sketches in letter and anecdote form, written by Elizabeth Bell of Coldstream (1787-1876) in the character of Tibbie Flint. Edit




  • [1808-1828], 1890. (Creation)


  • 2 Volumes (Whole)



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  • Conditions Governing Use

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  • Scope and Contents

    The material contained in the two volumes was apparently written between 1808 and 1828, and describes amusing events in the life of 'Tibbie Flint' in Roxburghshire, Edinburgh, and London. Authorship and other details are given in a note at the beginning of the manuscript, dated 24 December 1890, in the hand of William, 3rd Earl of Minto, which reveals that Elizabeth Bell used to dress up and act the part of Tibbie Flint at Minto House. Her connection with the family was through friendship with Mary, Countess of Minto, to whom many of the sketches are addressed. Elizabeth Bell's 'gift of personification' was also praised by Sir Walter Scott in his ‘Journal’, 7 March 1828.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, 1956.

  • Custodial History

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