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Brown, George Mackay (poet and writer)



  • Existence: 1921-1996. - 1996


George Mackay Brown (1921-96), was a novelist, poet and playwright, who was born in Orkney. He was educated at Newbattle Abbey College and the University of Edinburgh, and, apart from his time at these institutions, he rarely left the islands of his birth.

Found in 62 Collections and/or Records:

162 letters of George Mackay Brown to Jenny Robertson.

Identifier: Acc.12679
Scope and Contents

Includes two letters, 1981, to Robertson's daughter Aileen, three incomplete letters and a copy of a poem 'To George' by Jenny Robertson.

Dates: 1977-1996.

235 letters to Alan Bold.

Identifier: Acc.10374
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include: George Mackay Brown, Norman MacCaig, Hugh MacDiarmid, Sorley MacLean and Muriel Spark.

Dates: 1964-1990.

Archive of John Murray VI and authors associated with him.

Identifier: Acc.14349
Content Description This archival collection completes the larger John Murray Archive, which charts the history of one of Britain’s oldest family-run publishing firms, established in Fleet Street in 1768 by Edinburgh-born John (Mc)Murray I (1737-1795), and managed by six successive generations of his descendants, until its sale in 2002. Like his predecessors, John Murray VI (John Arnaud Robin Grey Murray, known affectionately as ‘Jock’, 1909-1993) cultivated and championed a diverse circle of...
Dates: [?1915-?2016.]

Correspondence and papers relating to the publication of 'Lifeboat and other poems', by George Mackay Brown.

Identifier: Acc.5760
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence between George Mackay Brown, Richard Gilbertson and Norah Smallwood concerning Gilbertson's publishing of 'Lifeboat and other poems', with typescripts of several of the poems included in the collection.

Dates: 1970-1971.

Correspondence and papers relating to the publication of works of George Mackay Brown, with some personal correspondence and audiovisual material.

Identifier: Acc.13134/1-17
Scope and Contents

Includes manuscripts and typescripts of 'Greenvoe' and 'Hawkfall and other stories', with assorted personal correspondence and photographs of or relating to George Mackay Brown and his works.

Dates: 1969-1996.

Correspondence, diaries, manuscript and typescript drafts and proofs and other literary and personal papers of George Mackay Brown.

 Record Group
Identifier: Acc.14596/1-248
Scope and Contents This archive contains literary and personal papers of George Mackay Brown, the celebrated Orcadian poet and novelist. At the heart of this collection is the vast amount of correspondence received by George Mackay Brown throughout his life from friends, fans, editors, publishers and others. These letters, postcards and greetings cards give a unique insight into the breadth of attention that his work drew, as well as the connections he made with correspondents from across the world, all from...
Dates: 1800, 1934-2013, undated.

Diaries and correspondence of David Morrison.

Identifier: Acc.6374
Scope and Contents

Correspondents include George Mackay Brown, C M Grieve, Neil Gunn and Fionn MacColla.

Dates: 1966-1974.

Four letters and two postcards of George Mackay Brown and six letters of George Davie concerning his wife, the writer Elspeth Davie, to Valentina Poggi.

Identifier: Acc.12814
Scope and Contents

Includes a covering letter from the recipient of these letters and cards, Valentina Poggi.

Dates: 1985-1997, 2007.

Incomplete manuscript of a children's magazine, 'The Celt', created by George Mackay Brown.

Identifier: Acc.13906
Scope and Contents

A manuscript magazine written by a young George Mackay Brown, copies of which were distributed among his school friends.

Dates: circa 1930.

Letter and postcard of George Mackay Brown to Bernard Bergonzi concerning the latter's visit to Orkney in 1995.

Identifier: Acc.12784
Scope and Contents

Inlcudes covering letter, 2007, of Bernard Bergonzi.

Dates: 1995, 2007.

Letters of George Mackay Brown to Kenna Crawford, with some related literary papers and photographs.

Identifier: Acc.13344/1-14
Scope and Contents

Correspondence of George Mackay Brown to Kenna Crawford, including enclosures of poems, cuttings and other notes. Many of the poems and acrostics were written by Brown as gifts for special occasions, including one for Crawford's wedding in 1991 to Graham McGirk.

The collection also includes the uncorrected typescript of 'The ballad of the golden bird', published as 'The golden bird' (John Murray, 1987), which Brown dedicated to Kenna Crawford.

Dates: 1985-1995.

Letters of Hamish Henderson, Ian Hamilton Finlay and George Mackay Brown to Maurice Fleming.

Identifier: Acc.14018
Scope and Contents

Comprising two letters (1957, 1958) of Hamish Henderson; two letters (1965, ?1966) of Ian Hamilton Finlay; one letter (1966) of George Mackay Brown.

Dates: 1957-1966.

Letters of various correspondents to George Mackay Brown concerning literary and personal matters.

Identifier: Acc.10209/1-13
Scope and Contents

A collection of correspondence, 1952-1974, received by George Mackay Brown (1921-1996). The letters in this collection are mostly from other writers, editors and publishers.

Dates: 1952-1974.

Literary correspondence of Alastair Fowler.

Identifier: Acc.11117
Scope and Contents

Comprises circa 1000 letters and copies of letters from correspondents including George Mackay Brown, Edwin Morgan and Iain Crichton Smith.

Dates: 1960-1994.

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Browse Resources 46
Archival Object 16
Letters. Correspondence. 23
Poetry. 14
Manuscripts. 8
Typescripts. 7
Correspondence. 6