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Subject Source: Local sources
Scope Note: Written accounts of the lives of individuals.

Found in 520 Collections and/or Records:

16th-century manuscript containing the 'Vie de saint Louis' of Jean de Joinville.

Identifier: Adv.MS.15.1.16
Scope and Contents Manuscript produced in France containing the Life of Saint Louis by Jean de Joinville. The work was probably written circa 1550, certainly after 1547. It appears to be a presentation copy, with the text corresponding to the 1547 edition by Antoine Pierre de Rieux. As in the printed edition, the main text of the manuscript is introduced by prefaces by Antoine Pierre de Rieux and Guillaume de La Perrière.The text is the work of one hand, written in a gothic littera bastarda script...
Dates: Circa 1550.

16th-century manuscript of the 'Lives of the bishops of Dunkeld' by Alexander Myln.

Identifier: Adv.MS.34.5.4
Scope and Contents Myln was a canon of Dunkeld who served as Official of the diocese from 1513 to 1519 when he was appointed Abbot of Cambuskenneth. R K Hannay, in his introduction to ‘Rentale Dunkeldense’, page xii, suggests that the manuscript was revised, if not written by Thomas Brown, who succeeded Myln as Clerk of accounts in Dunkeld in 1511. The text includes events which took place late in 1516, but was composed before Myln succeeded to Cambuskenneth.The opening pages are...
Dates: 16th century.

141 letters of Neil Gunn to John B Pick and eight letters of Gunn to Gene Pick.

Identifier: Acc.10548
Scope and Contents

With typescript of Francis Russell Hart and John B Pick, "The Essential Neil Gunn: a Conversation".

Dates: 1946-1972.

A series of notebooks containing biographical information on British poets used, or intended to be used, in the publication of a dictionary of British poets., Mid 19th century.

Identifier: MSS.42592-42595
Scope and Contents

The notebooks serve more as an assortment of information - notes, press cuttings and documentary evidence, such as copies of wills - to be used in the preparation of the specific entries of the dictionary, than as a considered manuscript. In many cases only the heading of the name of the poet has been entered.

None of the volumes has an index.

Dates: Mid 19th century.

Account of the life of Pope Innocent XII, with an account of the conclave of 1700 and biographical notes on the members of the College of Cardinals., [Circa 1700.]

Identifier: MS.14794
Scope and Contents From the Series: The papers catalogued here are especially rich in political material, 17th century-19th century, in estate and local affairs correspondence and papers, 16th century-20th century, in financial and legal material, 15th century-20th century, and in personal, household and estate accounts, 17th century-19th century. There is material concerning India in the correspondence and papers of the 8th, 9th and 10th Marquesses of Tweeddale, and concerning the Peninsular War in the correspondence and...
Dates: [Circa 1700.]

Accounts of the life of William Tytler., 1793-1798.

Identifier: Acc.11737/7
Scope and Contents

Full transcript of Henry Mackenzie’s ‘A short account of the Life and Writings of William Tytler’.

Full transcript of the ‘Short characteristical notices of the late William Tytler’.

Two copies of engravings of William Tytler which accompanied the pieces are included.

Dates: 1793-1798.

`Adversaria`, being miscellaneous notes and copies of correspondence of Sir Robert Sibbald, with scholars such as William Nicolson, Edward Lhuyd and John Smith of Durham on Scottish history and antiquities.

Identifier: Adv.MS.33.3.19
Scope and Contents Smith`s letters (folios 47-61), some of which are originals, concern the records of Scottish history surviving at Durham. Other contents are as follows:(i) Notes on historical manuscripts in Edinburgh University Library (folio 2).(ii) The life of Robert Morison copied from his ‘Plantarum Historiae Universalis Oxoniensis’, part 3, with notes on the same volume (folio 4 verso).(iii) `A list of Gold Scotch Coyns` (folios 13 verso, 18).(iv) `The...
Dates: Circa 1682-1706, and undated.

Airs of songs and ballads collected, chiefly in Buchan, with a few from Angus and elsewhere, by George Riddell, Rosehearty (died 1942).

Identifier: MSS.3041-3043
Scope and Contents

Accounts of George Riddel's life will be found in MS.3042, inside the front cover.

Dates: Late 19th century-early 20th century.

Albums of caricatures by John A Hipkins., Circa 1870-1933, undated.

Identifier: MSS.2919-2927
Scope and Contents The caricatures, which date from about 1870 to 1932, the year before the artist's death, depict many celebrities of the artistic, musical, and literary worlds, by whom the house of his father, Alfred James Hipkins, the musical antiquary, was much frequented.At the beginning of MS.2919 is a biographical notice of Hipkins by his sister; there are portraits of him by her, 1879, at the beginning of MSS.2923-2924, 2926; and his own caricatures of himself appear in MSS.2919 (page 25),...
Dates: Circa 1870-1933, undated.

Albums of caricatures by John A Hipkins, wood-engraver, with scrap-books containing material collected by or associated with him.

Identifier: MSS.2919-2931
Scope and Contents

The volumes, which have been arranged and provided with biographical notes and lists of contents by John A Hipkins's sister, Miss Edith J Hipkins, the painter, illustrate the cultivated life of London in the late nineteenth century and the early twentieth. Since Hipkins himself was deaf, there is much material relating to the artistic and other activities of the deaf.

Dates: Late 19th century-early 20th century.

'Alphabetical catalogue of the best german authors in prose and verse ... since the 17th century; with biographical and literary notices'., 19th century.

Identifier: MS.5764
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

The collection consists of manuscripts on a wide variety of subjects, many copied from manuscript or printed works, and chiefly dating from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Among them are some account-books, diaries, and other manuscripts of family interest (including a few concerning the 2nd Earl of Buckinghamshire, father of the 6th Marchioness of Lothian), but very few letters.

Dates: 19th century.

Annotated copies of printed books of Janet Adam Smith, with some related letters and articles., 1937-1988.

Identifier: Acc.12342/173-179
Scope and Contents From the Record Group:

Includes correspondence concerning her own writing and her work on John Buchan, Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Dates: 1937-1988.

Annotated copy of [John Philp Wood] "Sketch of the Life and Projects of John Law of Lauriston" (Edinburgh, 1791).

Identifier: Acc.13036
Scope and Contents

The volume has letters tipped in from: Sir David Dalrymple, Lord Hailes, 1791; Elizabeth, Duchess-Countess of Sutherland, 1792; Louis Law Lauriston, 1802.

Dates: 1791-1802.

Anonymous Italian work entitled “La giusta statera de` porporati doue s`intende la Vita, Nascità, Costumi, discendenza, ricchezze, possibilità, inclinationi, Virtù, e Vitij di tutti li Cardinali che uiuono in quest`An̄o i646”.

Identifier: Adv.MS.29.5.2
Scope and Contents The work is a collection of biographical accounts of the Cardinals, preceded by a dedicatory epistle, signed N N, to an unnamed prince or nobleman, and followed by a concluding address signed H H. It is apparently compiled in chronological order of appointment, with accounts of those appointed in 1647 (folios 40-59, written in the same hand) added to the volume. Printed portraits, to most of which red has been added, have been pasted in at the beginning of almost every account, and a...
Dates: 1646-1647.

Apparently incomplete collection of correspondence and papers of William Marshall and of members of his family, together with related papers compiled by David J Mackenzie, Sheriff-substitute of Glasgow.

Identifier: MSS.15369-15378
Scope and Contents

William Marshall, who was factor to the Duke of Gordon, was known in his own day as a Scottish fiddler and composer of strathspeys, and an inventor. The collection contains almost nothing of musical interest, and the largest single part consists of letters and copies of letters of his sons whilst on active service in India and in the Peninsular War, written to him and to other members of the family.

Dates: 1778-1961, undated.