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Correspondence and papers of Dr Hew Morrison, Gaelic scholar, including extracts from the diary of Rev. Murdo MacDonald, minister of Durness.

Identifier: Acc.14317/1-34

Content Description

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.


  • Creation: 1877-2003 and undated, with most of the material dated 1877-1920s.


Language of Materials

The papers are in English and Gaelic.


34 Folders

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 2021, by Mrs C L Smith, Kirriemuir, through the good offices of Dr Ellen Beard.

Related Materials

MS.1669 (volume of poetry of Rob Donn formerly belonging to Hew Morrison)

MSS.14953-14955 (Papers of Hew Morrison concerning his edition of the poetry of Rob Donn)

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Repository Details

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

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