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"Records of the Literary Society of Glasgow, 1764-79. Transcribed from the Society's Minutes, 1830", by William James Duncan.

Identifier: MS.3114

Scope and Contents

Album containing.

(i) Laws of the Society. (Folio 1.)

(ii) List of meetings for each session, with the name of the speaker and the title of his 'discourse', November 1764–January 1771 (folio 3 verso). Occasionally the elections of new members or the names of absentees are recorded. 'There is a gap in the Records for the next 5 years, and the only information we have of their Transactions during the years 1771 and 1773 is from a loose jotting, of which the following is a copy' (folio 13 verso).

(iii) List of the essays with the names of the authors, 1776-1779. (Folio 14 verso.)

(iv) Duncan's scroll copy of the list, found loose and inserted. (Folio 18.)

(v) Scroll lists of the essays read by the brothers Robert and Andrew Foulis. (Folio 22.)


  • Creation: 1764-1779.

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27 Leaves ; Quarto.

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iv + 23 folios.

Custodial History

The manuscript was bought by the National Library of Scotland with the aid of the Reid Fund.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1944.


Extracts from the Records (Rules, 10 January 1752, the names of the twelve Constituent Members and of additional Members from 1752 to '1787 and afterwards', and lists of the essays read by the Foulis brothers) are printed in ‘Notices and documents illustrative of the literary history of Glasgow during the greater part of last century’, edited by William James Duncan (Maitland Club, 1831), page 132; and a list of essays by Dr James Moor on page 131.
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