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Commonplace book.

Identifier: MS.10700

Scope and Contents

The contents are as follows.

(i) 'Some hints of ye occasion and manner of Lady Anna Elcho her Death.' This is substantially the same as "A short account of Lady Anne Elcho's death" (no publisher, 1741), attributed to Thomas Halyburton, who is mentioned in the text and later became Professor of Divinity at St Andrews University. Her epitaph by Halyburton follows the text. (Folio 1.)

(ii) Brief biographical notes on some ministers, most of whom lived in the 16th century. (Folio 8.)

(iii) 'A few of many worthy, edifying and profitable sentences and practises, observed by many worthy of credit in the life & death of E.G.' This is very much fuller than the printed ‘Life of Emelia Geddie’ (no publisher, [circa 1750]), and includes (folio 14 inverted) 'Some speeches of Emellia Gieddies ... collected and observed by K.C. and given in by her'. (Folio 1 inverted.)

(iv) Diary of a minister, probably from Fife, consisting chiefly of notes of sermons preached or heard by him, March-April 1710. (Folio 38 inverted.)

Sections (i) and (ii) are in the same hand.


  • Creation: Early 18th century.

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Conditions Governing Use

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91 Leaves ; Oblong octavo.

Language of Materials



iv + 12 + 75 inverted folios.

Custodial History

There are ownership inscriptions of R E (deleted) and Patrick Plenderleath, minister of Saline, 1709 (folio i).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1966.

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