Letters and poems of Alexander Laing, the Brechin poet; and poetry and other literary matter of Henry Scott Riddell. Edit




  • 1815-1865, undated. (Creation)


  • 112 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, 1942.

  • Custodial History

    The collections were bought by the National Library of Scotland with the aid of the Reid Fund.

  • Arrangement

    112 folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    The contents are as follows.

    (i) Letters, poems, etc., of Alexander Laing, the Brechin poet, to Peter Buchan, collector of Scottish ballads, Peterhead, 1828-1850, undated. The letters, which are in Laing's autograph, deal chiefly with literary matters of the day. Most of the poems (folios 4, 6, 10, 19, 23) appear later in published form.

    (ii) Poems and other literary matter of Henry Scott Riddell, in his autograph, with one letter to him, 1815-1865, undated. Several of the poems are unpublished (notably those on folios 98-102, 107). The collection includes autobiographical notes (folios 58-79), a page of a separate and unpublished autobiography (folio 85), chapters i and ii of St Matthew's Gospel translated into Lowland Scots (folios 86-88), and a fragment of bible-commentary, crossed with a poem (folio 111).