Notebook of the Reverend Robert Kirk, later Minister of Aberfoyle and author of ‘The secret commonwealth of elves, fauns, and fairies’, titled, ‘First Manuscript. A Miscellany of occurring thoughts on various occasions. Ro: Kirk. Love and Live; August i at Balquhidder, 1678'. Edit




  • 1678. (Creation)


  • 190 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

    Presented, 1952, by Mrs Baird Smith, Drymen, widow of David Baird Smith.

  • Arrangement

    190 folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    Reverend Kirk’s reflections on moral, religious, ecclesiastical, and general questions (including traditions about witches and fairies) give, incidentally, a picture of life in a Highland parish.

  • Custodial History

    Inside the flap of the vellum cover are the date 1698 and the names Thomas Rutherfoord, and C Kirk (possibly the writer's son, Colin Kirk, Writer to the Signet).

  • Bibliography

    The book is described, with copious extracts, by David Baird Smith, the previous owner, in the ‘Scottish Historical Review’, volume xviii (1921), page 237.

    Kirk, Robert. ‘Secret commonwealth of elves, faum, and fairies’ (London, 1893).