Poems of Henry Mackenzie, author of ‘The man of feeling’, chiefly in his autograph. Edit




  • 1777-1829, undated. (Creation)


  • 26 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, Sotheby’s Sale, 28 July 1930, lot 97.

  • Custodial History

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

  • Arrangement

    iv + 24 folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    The contents are as follows.

    (i) ‘On the laying the Foundation of the High School of Edinburgh, 24th June, 1777’ (folio i);

    (ii) ‘Winter Hymn’ with a note, 26 January 1829 (folio 2);

    (iii) ‘Morning Hymn’, endorsed, ‘Written out 1825, composed chiefly in a dream at Canaan Lodge [Edinburgh] one beautiful morning in August, 1825’; two copies (folio 4);

    (iv) ‘Ink loquitur’, endorsed, ‘(Impromptu) to Steuart of Allantoun, the translator of Sallust, who sent to borrow some ink of me, 1806’ (folio 6);

    (v) "Verses for Lady Frances Beresford’s Album, 1823" (folio 7);

    (vi) "On Strona’s black and jagged Brow", endorsed, ‘2 addl. Verses to ye Introdn. to Gray’s fatal Sisters. Those almost verbatim what I dreamd that I read to some person who wished to hear ye poem’ (folio 8);

    (vii) ‘Fragments of a projected Poem called the Highlander’; ‘Scrolls for the Highlander, a Poem. N. A Copy, but without these Additions & Alterations, sent to Sir Wr. Scott Decr 1824’ (folio 9);

    (viii) 'Verses by Miss Bruce’; ‘To Miss Bruce of Kinross, with a Remarkable Dream, in which she was the principal person’; "Sent with a copy of Bethune’s Heart display'd or Anatomy of the Human Mind to Miss Bruce of Kinross" (folio 17);

    (ix) Copies of John Leyden’s sonnets, ‘Love’ and ‘Serenity of Childhood’ (folio 20);

    (x) ‘Lines written by an Eton scholar on his Dames daughter with whom he had been in love’; ‘Friendship’; ‘Inscription on the tomb of Margaret Scott’ (folio 21);

    (xi) Eight lines, containing, “While Mem’ry true o’er every scene can cast A sweet delusion which recalls the past” (folio 23);

    (xii) Draft of a poem, beginning, ‘. .. beneath the crown The offspring of some humble clown’ (folio 24).