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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 Sir David Dalrymple, Lord Hailes, inscribed 'Begun at Utrecht, 1746'., 1746-1756.

Identifier: MS.25423
Scope and Contents

The volume includes notes on classical and modern authors, Lord Hailes' contemporaries at Eton (folio 38), life in Holland, 1748 (folio 7), books read, 1749-1755 (folio 233), and legal cases represented to 1755 (folio 241).

Dates: 1746-1756.

Commonplace book of Sir James Balfour titled ‘Some short memories and remarkable passages for the yeires of God 1653 & 1654’.

Identifier: Adv.MS.15.2.21
Scope and Contents

The manuscript is not printed in James Balfour’s historical works, as it was missing at the time when they were published.

Dates: 1653-1654.

Commonplace-book of Sir John Wedderburn, physician (1599-1679)., 2nd half of 17th century.

Identifier: MS.6504
Scope and Contents Sir John Wedderburn was a doctor of note and served both Charles I and Charles II as a royal physician. This volume contains miscellaneous material of the late seventeenth century some of which is of much interest. There are copies of poems, chiefly by John Donne (folio 3-90 verso, passim); on these, see "A new manuscript of Donne's poems" by Alan MacColl. Important medical material is unfortunately small in quantity. Sir John Wedderburn bought Gosford in 1659 for his favourite nephew, Sir...
Dates: 2nd half of 17th century.

Commonplace book of the Earl of Buchan.

Identifier: MS.963
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...
Dates: 1778-1791.

Commonplace book possibly kept by the Minister of Kirkliston (Charles Ritchie in 1794).

Identifier: Acc.11715
Scope and Contents

Includes lists of communicants and of the inhabitants of the parish.

Dates: 1794.

Commonplace book previously owned by Walter Forsyth and subsequently by John Gray., 1646, 1699-[circa 1702.]

Identifier: MS.16470
Scope and Contents

The commonplace book contains notes, 1646, by Walter Forsyth on subjects of dispute between the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches (folio 2) and notes and extracts, 1699-circa 1702, by John Gray from various printed books by John Edwards (folio 116), Sir Richard Baker (folio 139), Gilbert Burnet (folios 150, 159), and Meric Casaubon (folio 173).

A leaf is torn out between folios 95 and 96.

Dates: 1646, 1699-[circa 1702.]

Commonplace book previously owned by Walter Forsyth and subsequently by John Gray., 1648, [circa 1702.]

Identifier: MS.16471
Scope and Contents

The commonplace book contains theological notes and extracts, 1648 by Walter Forsyth with an index of topics covered, and, written in the spaces between entries (as far as folio 52 verso), extracts from various printed books, especially from the works of Jeremy Collier, and ecclesiastical biographies, circa 1702.

Dates: 1648, [circa 1702.]

Commonplace Book probably compiled by C Shaw, York.

Identifier: Acc.13514
Scope and Contents

Commonplace Book consisting largely of verse, but also with drawings of a Highland scene and pipers at Farr, botanical specimens from Farr and Edinburgh, and pasted in scraps from a visit to Scotland of 1826, and later visits to Switzerland and France.

Dates: 1826-1865, undated

Commonplace book, probably English, mostly compiled from classical authors and church fathers.

Identifier: Adv.MS.23.7.8
Scope and Contents

Later authors include Bishop Stillingfleet (folio 197), Thomas Hooker (folio 92) and John Paul Marana, author of ‘The Turkish Spye’ (1686) (folio 178).

The date of the volume is no earlier than 1686.

Dates: 1686-early 18th century.

Commonplace book, probably English, used by two different owners, the first circa 1642, the second circa 1716.

Identifier: Adv.MS.22.3.1
Scope and Contents The book is thematically arranged under a system of moral headings in Latin and Greek used by the first owner, possibly an Anglican clergyman or scholar, with an interest in Patristic and Jacobean divinity. The volume was the fifth in a series of at least six volumes of this nature belonging to him. The second owner has used the blank and incompletely filled folios of the volume for his entries (folios 2-84 verso), again on moral topics, mostly taken from printed sermons, especially those of...
Dates: Circa, 1642, circa 1716.

Commonplace book, undated, compiled by James Glasford (died 1845).

Identifier: MS.8493
Scope and Contents

The contents include: extracts from personal letters, biblical commentaries, poems and translations of poems.

Dates: Early 19th century.