Correspondence and papers of Dr Hew Morrison (1850-1935), Gaelic scholar and a native Gaelic speaker from Torrisdale, Sutherland. He became the first librarian of the Edinburgh Free Public Library, now Central Library, a post which he held until his retirement in 1922. The library had been founded with the help of a gift from Andrew Carnegie, with whom Morrison remained in close friendship while acting as representative for Carnegie's library foundation scheme.
The papers include: letters on Gaelic-related and more general subjects; papers concerning Morrison's post as librarian and his own collection of Gaelic books, many of which are now held in the Library (shelfmark H.M.); research papers concerning, and extracts transcribed from, the lost diary of Rev. Murdo MacDonald (Murdoch MacDonald), minister of Durness (1695-1763); a heavily annotated proof copy of Morrison's edition of the poetry of the Gaelic poet Rob Donn (Mackay) and research papers connected to the edition.