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Proof-sheets of Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe’s edition of James Kirkton’s 'Secret and true history of the Church of Scotland'.

Identifier: MS.540

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There are many notes and corrections in the autograph of the editor, Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe, which were embodied in the published text, and some instructions to the printer in the hand of James Ballantyne.

Inserted are three letters of Walter Scott to the editor, 1817, 1829 (folios ii—vii); and Sharpe’s application to the Curators of the Advocates’ Library for the use of Wodrow’s copy of Kirkton’s manuscript at his own house, 1817. Sharpe’s application was granted, [Sir] John Graham Dalyell and Sir William Hamilton being his securities (folio xiv).


  • Creation: 1817, 1829.

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'The secret and true history of the Church of Scotland, from the Restoration to the year 1678. To which is added an account of the murder of Archbishop Sharp by James Russell ... edited from the manuscripts by Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe, (Edinburgh, 1817).
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