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Commonplace book of the Earl of Buchan.

Identifier: MS.963

Scope and Contents

The comonplace book contains drafts of letters to the ‘Bee’, an inventory of the Earl of Buchan’s property, lists of Scottish portraits, an ode, ‘To the Shepherd of the Cot’, and notes and drafts of papers on the Scottish Peerage and other subjects. Included is a manuscript copy of ‘The New Order of Gooding and Manuring all sorts of Field Land with Common Salts’, by Archibald, afterwards 1st Lord Napier (said to have been printed by Robert Waldegrave), referring to the right to issue licences for this practice given to Napier in 1595.


  • Creation: 1778-1791.

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

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90 Leaves ; Quarto.

Language of Materials



iii + 87 folios. The commonplace book was received bound, and with several pages missing.

Other Finding Aids

A list of contents has been placed at the beginning.

Custodial History

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1934.

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

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

Archives and Manuscript Division
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