Extracts from published sources and some notes and other writings compiled by John Young, Writer to the Signet (admitted 1786). Edit




  • 1794-circa 1855. (Creation)


  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)
    4 volumes. Quarto.



  • Scope and Contents

    The extracts are taken from periodical publications, especially the ‘Caledonian Mercury’ and the ‘Edinburgh Courant’, largely recording English legal cases, and from books on a wide variety of topics, especially history, medicine, law, literature, husbandry, travel, science, theology and biography.

    The notes and other writings relate to various topics and include a few examples of letters of and to Young.

    The earliest extract is dated 13 December 1794 (Adv.MS.31.5.6, folio 5 verso) and they continue until Young`s death in 1828 (Adv.MS.31.5.9, folio 8 verso).

    The extracts and notes in all four volumes appear to have been written on loose sheets or gatherings of paper from different sources in a number of different hands, presumably those of clerks, and subsequently bound up as quarto volumes.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Presented, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates to the nation on the foundation of the National Library of Scotland.

  • Custodial History

    After Young’s death, the writings were in the possession of Charles Baxter.