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Letters chiefly of Scottish interest.

Identifier: MS.2524

Scope and Contents

Except one of Archbishop Leighton, the letters are of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Several are addressed to the Mures of Caldwell; others to Archibald Constable. Among the writers are Dr John Moore, Hugh Blair, David Hume, Bishop Percy, John Pinkerton, Dugald Stewart, Lord Jeffrey, Joanna Baillie, James Hogg (writing to 'M.L.', the anonymous author of two songs in ‘Jacobite relics’, second series (Edinburgh, 1821)), Mrs Grant of Laggan, Lord Cockburn, and John Gibson Lockhart. There is also a poem, "Love's Album", 1805, in the hand of Thomas Moore; an extract by Miss Mitford from her 'Christina', 1847; proposals for the establishment of the British Stereotype Company, 1808; and a copy by William Motherwell of a ballad beginning: "One king's daughter said to another Brurne blumes bonnie and grows sae fair We'll gae ride like sister and brother And we'll ne'er gae doun to the brume nae mair".


  • Creation: [?1673], 18th century-early 19th century.

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87 Leaves ; Folio and under.

Language of Materials



iii + 84 folios.

Other Finding Aids

An alphabetical list of writers is at the beginning.

Custodial History

The letters were bought by the National Library of Scotland with the aid of the Reid Fund. They were formerly in the possession of Mrs Cormie, Glasgow

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1939.

National Library of Scotland Catalogue of Manuscripts
National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division
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