Commonplace book of the Earl of Buchan. Edit




  • 1778-1791. (Creation)


  • 90 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, 1934.

  • Custodial History

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

  • Arrangement

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

  • 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.

  • Other Finding Aids

    A list of contents has been placed at the beginning.