Three manuscripts relating to Field-Marshal George Wade, bound in one volume, apparently that formerly in the Junior United Service Club. Edit




  • 1737-1744. (Creation)


  • 97 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, 1943.

  • Custodial History

    The manuscripts were bought by the National Library of Scotland with the aid of the Reid Fund.

  • Arrangement

    iv + 93 folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    The contents are as follows.

    (i) Poem by a Scottish author, describing the roads, bridges, etc., built by Wade in the Highlands and referring to the manners and resources of the country, 1737. It is followed by notes on allusions and meanings of words, and preceded by a preface in which the author discusses the difficulty which a Scottish writer finds in composing English poetry. It is quoted by J B Salmond, ‘Wade in Scotland’ (Edinburgh, 1938), page 204. (Folio 1.)

    (ii) 'Orders for the encampment at Newbury' of several regiments under the command of Lieutenant General Wade, 30 June-2 October 1740. (Folio 28.)

    (iii) 'An authentick narrative of the campaign in Flanders of the year 1744', in which Wade was Commander-in-Chief of the British contingent. (Folio 57.) It contains a full account of the discussions of the Allied commanders and concludes with copies of the accusations brought against Wade by the Allied authorities, the replies of Wade and his officers, and relevant correspondence, 1744. Possibly compiled with Wade's help or based on his memoranda.