'Letters amorous, complementall, consolatorie, informing, militarie, historicall’: copies or drafts of letters of William Drummond of Hawthornden, in his hand, with a few letters of other persons, 1605, undated. Edit


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  • 1605, 1626, undated. (Creation)


  • 178 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Arrangement

    178 folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    The volume also contains:

    'Of impresas' (folio 128); 'A dedication of some poems to Cragmiller' (folio 131); 'Of change of religion' (folio 136 verso); 'In praise of the allegorie in poesie' (folio 143); 'For the geneologie of the house of Drummond' (folio 144 verso); 'In praise of letters' (folio 147); 'New-Scotland' (folio 148); 'The Hermitage' (folio 151); 'Discourse in commendation of kinglie government', 1626 (folio 159); Speeches, etc., connected with the visit of Charles I to Edinburgh (folios 162-172); 'Bibliotheca Edinburgena Lectori' (folios 173-178); Poems (folios 58 verso-59 verso, 117, 140); Historical drafts and notes (folios 26 verso-27, 92-94, 129, 131 verso, 157); Various notes, etc. (folios 59, 77, 121, 141, 146, 152, 155-156, 158, 161).

  • Bibliography

    Many of the letters are found printed in William Drummond’s ‘Works’ (Edinburgh, 1711), and in 'Archaeologia Scotia', volume iv, pages 83-98. References to the pages of the former and to the numbering of the letters in the latter are given in the manuscript.

  • Related Materials

    Of the missing 'Informations be Ben Jonston to W.D. when he cam to Scotland upon foot, 1619', of which only the cover remains (folio 140), there is a transcript by Sir Robert Sibbald in Adv.MS.33.3.19, folio 25 verso, printed by C H Herford and Percy Simpson in their ‘Ben Jonson’, 1925-1952, Volume i, page 128.

  • General

    Hawthornden Manuscript, volume IX.