Scrapbooks of correspondence and papers of Alexander MacDonald. Edit




  • 1878-ca. 1925 (Creation)


  • 0.20 linear metres (Whole)
    4 volumes

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  • Language of Materials

    Scottish Gaelic

  • Physical Description

    0.20 linear metres4 volumes25.00 x 30.00 centimetres

  • Dimensions

    25.00 x 30.00 centimetres

  • Scope and Contents

    Alexander MacDonald ("Gleannach", 1860-1928) is the author of `Story and Song from Loch Ness-side` (Inverness 1914) and of a Gaelic poetry collection of his own, `Còinneach `us Coille` (Inverness 1895). After the appearance of his poetry collection he continued to contribute songs composed or edited by himself to newspapers, but these were not subsequently collected into a second volume.

    He also wrote a large number of articles on Gaelic- and Highland-related matters in journals and newspapers, usually under a pen-name. An overview of his main publications and a list of his 13 pen-names, compiled by himself, is provided at the beginning of the second volume, Acc.13587/2. The pen-name he used most often was "Gleannach". According to his own statement, the songs and articles of which he preserved cuttings were printed in the following newspapers: the People`s Friend, Inverness Courier, Northern Chronicle, Highland News, Highland Times, The Highlander, The Scottish Highlander. No publication details are supplied with any the individual cuttings, however.

  • Arrangement

    The collection was arranged into four scrapbook volumes by MacDonald himself, with brief notes on contents and coverage on the front endpapers of each volume. The first volume (correspondence) bears no number, but the others were numbered 2-4 by him.

    Acc.13587/1: mainly correspondence, 1878-ca. 1925.

    Acc.13587/2: offprints and newspaper cuttings of his articles, mainly in English, 1892-1910;

    Acc.13587/3: publications and newspaper articles in Gaelic or about Gaelic, and Gaelic songs sent to newspapers, 1902-1925;

    Acc.13587/4: continuation of Acc.13587/2, 1910-1924.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Transferred from printed collections. Originally bought in 1976.8 January 2015