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Alexander Nimmo`s copy of his account of the survey made by him in the summer of 1806 of the northern, eastern and southern boundaries of Inverness-shire, which he undertook on Telford`s recommendation, whilst rector of Inverness Academy, for the parliamentary commission appointed to fix the county boundaries of Scotland.

Identifier: Adv.MS.34.4.20

Scope and Contents

The copy is in Nimmo’s own hand, written up in the form of a journal, from the notes which he took in his pocket-book whilst engaged upon the survey. It is written on the rectos of the leaves, the versos being left for maps (folios 11 verso, 12 verso), notes, bearings, and additions to the text. It appears to be incomplete, for it ends rather abruptly (folio 50). It is followed by an explanatory letter to John Rickman, who at the time was secretary to the commissions for making roads and bridges in Scotland.


  • Creation: 1806.


0.00 Linear metres (56 folios. Quarto.)

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Custodial History

The manuscript was formerly in the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps. It was bought by the Advocates’ Library at Sotheby`s, June 1893, lot 705.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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


`Catalogus Librorum Manuscriptorum in Bibliotheca D. Thomae Phillipps, Bt.` (1837-1871): manuscript 31991.
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