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Commonplace books.

Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
Scope Note: Books in which noteworthy literary passages, cogent quotations, poems, comments, recipes, prescriptions, and other miscellaneous document types are written.

Found in 231 Collections and/or Records:

Commonplace book of James Brown, a teacher of Latin in Monimail and Edinburgh.

Identifier: Adv.MS.5.2.8
Scope and Contents

The volume contains poems, including a satire on James Sharp, Archbishop of St Andrews (page 54), epitaphs, acrostics, and items copied from printed works. There are also copies of Brown`s correspondence, chiefly with Sir Robert Sibbald.

Dates: 1665-1690.

Commonplace book of James Gray, priest of the diocese of Dunblane.

Identifier: Adv.MS.34.7.3
Scope and Contents Composite manuscript produced in Scotland and compiled in the late 15th century, probably circa 1500, by James Gray, priest of the diocese of Dunblane and secretary to William Scheves, Archbishop of St Andrews. The manuscript is a commonplace book and consists of a variety of religious, historical, legal, and literary material. There are several hands evident throughout the manuscript. Anderson states that folios 1r-24v are written by very similar hands, and could...
Dates: Late 15th century.

Commonplace book of Janet W M Stewart.

Identifier: Acc.14402
Scope and Contents

Includes excerpts from the novels of Sir Walter Scott, the poetry of Lord Byron and John Milton, and the plays of Joanna Baillie. The volume also includes a number of drawings of buildings and landscapes and several illustrations of flowers.

Dates: 1820-1834.

Commonplace book of Mrs C E R Drummond-Hay, of Seggieden, containing religious verses and transcripts of letters from her son, Lieutenant (later Lieutenant-Colonel) James Adam Gordon Richardson Drummond-Hay while on active service.

Identifier: MS.8907
Scope and Contents

The thirteen letters, written between February and April 1885, are addressed by James Drummond-Hay to his parents and other members of his family, and recount in diary form his experiences as a member of the Coldstream Guards contingent both on the voyage to the Sudan and on arrival there. There is much detailed description of military activity in the Suakin region.

Dates: 1868-1885.

Commonplace book of Nina, Countess of Minto, consisting of literary works and notes on contemporary politics., 1861-1872.

Identifier: MS.19460
Scope and Contents

The contents are as follows. (i) The Moon's Story - A Dream of 1849 (folio 1); (ii) Recollections of a conversation with Lord John Russell at Pembroke Lodge, 1848 (folio 8); (iii) Recollections of Woburn, 1856, being notes from a conversation with Francis, Duke of Bedford (succeeded 1872) (folio 13); (iv) Notes of conversations with Lord John Russell from the journal of Nina, Countess of Minto, 1863-1872 (folio 35); (v) Epigram on Sir Sidney Smith by John, 4th Marquess Townshend, undated.

Dates: 1861-1872.

Commonplace book of Patrick Turner containing ‘Bolg an t-Sholair’ and other miscellaneous verse in Gaelic.

Identifier: Adv.MS.72.2.7
Scope and Contents Commonplace-book (watermarked 1798) of Patrick Turner when he was a corporal in the Argyll Fencibles, dated Meath 1801 (folio 24 verso). The script is largely Roman, occasionally Gaelic, and the language of the text varies from Scotticised transliteration of Irish to pure Scottish Gaelic. Turner’s affidavit, Ingliston MS A.i.15 (g), states ‘that the manuscript in the Roman character and in his own hand writing, was transcribed from a manuscript in the possession of a Schoolmaster ten or...
Dates: 1801.

Commonplace book of Robert Edward., [?1635-?1670.]

Identifier: MS.9450 [Manuscript]
Scope and Contents The book originally belonged to Robert Edward's father, Alexander, a Dundee merchant, and a business account dated 1622 is on folio 1. The volume chiefly consists of songs, psalms, notes, and instrumental items, several of which appear twice or with parts separated, scraps on the history of music, and poetical items alone. Many of the pieces are of Scottish origin but English and Continental composers appear, as well as both pre- and post-Reformation music.The...
Dates: [?1635-?1670.]

Commonplace book of Sir David Dalrymple, Lord Hailes., 1753-1765, undated.

Identifier: MS.25426
Scope and Contents

Included in the volume are 'Memorials concerning myself, my friends and native country, 1759' (folio 32), a copy of Lieutenant Colonel James Dalrymple's account of the capture of Quebec, a list of Lord Hailes' publications up to 1766 and notes on his literary activities, Horatio Walpole, and James MacPherson (folio 140), and 'Hints for the Public Good', undated, being suggestions for amending the legal, military, and religious establishments in Scotland (folio 169).

Dates: 1753-1765, undated.

Commonplace book of Sir David Dalrymple, Lord Hailes., 1786-1788, undated.

Identifier: MS.25427
Scope and Contents

The commonplace book includes verse, historical notes, accounts, and a recipe of 1786. (Folio 7 verso.) Of particular note is the Latin poem concerning Johnson and Boswell, undated. (Folio 6.) The volume served as an engagement diary for September-October 1788, and September 1789, undated. (Folios 1-2, 22-23.)

Dates: 1786-1788, undated.