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Materials relating to receptions and other events attended by Ian Rankin. , 1994-2018, undated.

Identifier: MS.50557

Scope and Contents

Materials are from events attended by Rankin but not directly featuring him. The materials are in a variety of formats. They are arranged in two sequences based on the type of event: receptions, and other events attended by Ian Rankin. Under each sequence the entries are arranged chronologically by the date of the event.

Materials relating to receptions, ceremonies, and dinners attended by Ian Rankin. Folios 1-37.

Partial document, 1994, relating to the Queen's Birthday Party Reception at British Embassy in Belgium, to which Ian Rankin was invited. Paper is covered in drawings by a child (likely Jack Rankin). Folios 1-2.

Photographs, 1998, from opening of The Mysterious Bookshop, owned by Otto Penzler. Folios 3-4.

Invitation and reception programme, 2001, for the Reception for the British Book World at Buckingham Palace on 22 March 2001. Folios 5-22.

Magazine cutting, June 2003, regarding the Mario Testino portrait show opening party, featuring a photo of Ian Rankin in attendance. Folio 23.

Programme for the Chancellor's Dinner, University of Edinburgh, 11 August 2003, at which Ian Rankin was a guest. Folios 24-31.

Programme, 3 October 2005, for '200 years of policing in Edinburgh', a celebratory dinner hosted by Lothian and Borders Police and the City of Edinburgh at the Signet Library. Folio 32.

Invitation, 2007, to 'The 11th Hour' film dinner and party on 19 May 2007 in New York, hosted by Vanity Fair. Folios 33-35.

Invitation, 2010, to the Pope's visit to Holyrood House on 16 September 2010, sent to Ian Rankin from the Lord Chamberlain. Also includes a press cutting, 17 September 2010, from the ‘Scotsman’, of coverage of the event. Folios 36-37.

Materials relating to other events attended by Ian Rankin. Folios 38-62.

Invitation, 1997, to 'The Strange Worlds of Iain Banks' film premier on ITV. Folio 38.

Photographs, [2000], of Ian Rankin and his son Jack receiving a tour of a Scot Airways plane. Folios 39-41.

Press cutting of an article, 28 August 2003, from the ‘Evening Standard’, about a Rolling Stones concert, annotated ‘I was there! Orion bought me a ticket!!’ by Ian Rankin, 2003. Folio 42.

Photograph printouts, 2004, of Ian Rankin’s meeting with Muriel Spark. Folios 43-45.

Press cutting, 2004, in an unidentified periodical, of an article about Ian Rankin meeting Muriel Spark. Folio 46.

Invitation, 2004, to Jools Holland’s New Year Party. Folio 47.

Programme, 16 December 2015, for the funeral service of William McIlvanney. Folios 48-51.

Save the date and invitation, 2017, to a Halloween party hosted by JK Rowling and husband Neil Murray. Folios 51-56.

Programme, 18 January 2018, for the funeral service of Richard Havers. Folios 57-62.


  • Creation: 1994-2018, undated.


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Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

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