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Statement of the case of the petitioners in the case of the 'Beacon' newspaper, in the hand of Walter Scott [?1821], with the printed 'Petition', 1821, and 'Answers' thereto, 1822.

Identifier: MS.126

Scope and Contents

Inserted at the beginning is an account of the circumstances in which Sir Walter Scott wrote this statement.


  • Creation: 1821-1822.

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11 Leaves ; Folio.

Language of Materials



11 folios.

Custodial History

The manuscript was given by Sir Walter Scott to William Watson, Writer to the Signet, who was apprentice to Andrew Storie, Writer to the Signet, agent for the Petitioners, and descended to his son, Deputy Surgeon-General Watson, and then to the General’s nephew, the donor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 1928, by Patrick Alexander Guthrie, Chartered Accountant, Edinburgh.


See John Gibson Lockhart, 'Life of Sir Walter Scott, baronet' (1896), chapter liv.

See also, Adv.MS.9.1.1
National Library of Scotland Catalogue of Manuscripts
National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division
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