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Subject Source: Local sources
Scope Note: Refers to books containing the daily, personal accounts of the writer's own experiences, attitudes, and observations. (AAT) Use to refer to all personal diaires, whether by a named individual or not. (NLS) .

Found in 2688 Collections and/or Records:

Climbing log books and diaries of Patricia (Pat) Bell, mountaineer, with related material., 1935-1983, undated.

Identifier: Acc.14612/7-14
Scope and Contents

The volumes here have been divided into two series - climbing log books and holiday diaries. The former relate to specific climbs undertaken by Bell, whereas the holiday diaries relate to various trips taken by Bell (often in the company of her husband). There are details of some climbs contained within this second series too.

Dates: 1935-1983, undated.

Climbing log books of Pat Bell., 1935-1956.

Identifier: Acc.14612/7-10
Scope and Contents

The volumes here contain information relating to climbs undertaken by Bell. The first three volumes have been described by Bell as 'Climbing Log Book'. They contain detailed accounts of climbs, including date, weather, route and company.

Dates: 1935-1956.

'Common-day book’ of William Soutar., 1939-1940.

Identifier: MS.8670
Scope and Contents

This is largely a record of William Soutar's conversations with his many visitors, together with some interesting or amusing anecdotes.

Dates: 1939-1940.

Commonplace book, 1863-1896, of Robert Dickson Glover, a merchant at Roslin and later in Portobello.

Identifier: MS.14277
Scope and Contents

The book contains verses, historical and literary material, notes of events in Roslin, 1869-1873, and fragments of a diary for 1895-1896. A later hand has added copies of poems and of the will, May 1927, of John Glover who died in 1933 (folio 96).

Dates: 1863-1896, 1927, undated.

Complete typescript, undated, of 'The unquiet king', a novel about James V by Edith Anne Robertson, recast in the form of a journal kept by the king., Early 20th century-3rd quarter of 20th century.

Identifier: MS.26983
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Educated in Glasgow and Germany, in 1919 Edith Anne married James A Robertson who became Professor of Biblical Criticism at Aberdeen University. Her publications included a life of St Francis Xavier as well as poems in English and Scots.

Dates: Early 20th century-3rd quarter of 20th century.

Computer print-out of 'The Referendum: a journal', by Sir Charles Fraser.

Identifier: Acc.13688
Scope and Contents

The diary, which covers the period February 2013 to September 2014, records the views of Sir Charles Fraser on the Scottish Independence Referendum 2014. It notes conversations with friends and family on issues raised by the referendum, and includes comments on the nature of the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ campaigns, Devo-max, key political figures, foreign and domestic policy, currency and social union.

Dates: 2015.

Contemporary journal kept by Alexander Walker, which describes the part played by General Stuart's force in the final campaign against Tipu Sultan., 1799.

Identifier: MS.13627
Scope and Contents

The journal begins on 9 March 1799 just after the battle of Sedaseer and ends on 23 May 1799 when the Bombay army returns to its quarters on the fall of Seringapatam. There is a gap between the entries for 27 April and 5 May.

Dates: 1799.

Continuous diary of George Combe., 1841-1858.

Identifier: MSS.7421-7432
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: George Combe was educated at Edinburgh High School and at Edinburgh University, where he studied law; he became a Writer to the Signet in 1812. At this time he began to study the phrenological works of Franz Josef Gall and Johann Kaspar Spurzheim, and soon became a fervent advocate of that science. In 1837 he gave up his legal practice to devote himself to spreading the causes of phrenology, secular education, and criminal and prison reform, travelling widely in Europe and America. His views...
Dates: 1841-1858.

Copies of correspondence and journals of John Malcolm at Masulipatam, sent to the 1st Earl of Minto., 1 September 1809.

Identifier: MS.11656
Scope and Contents From the Series: Correspondence and papers of Sir Gilbert Elliot Murray Kynynmound (1751-1814), who succeeded as 4th Baronet in 1777, assumed the additional names of Murray Kynynmound on succeeding to his mother's properties in 1778, and was created Baron Minto in 1797 and Earl of Minto in 1813. He was Member of Parliament for Morpeth, 1776-1777, for Roxburghshire, 1777-1784, for Berwick-upon-Tweed, 1786-1790, and for Helston, 1790-1795; and served as Civil Commissioner at Toulon, 1793, Minister to the...
Dates: 1 September 1809.

Copies of emigration papers of Ernest Robb.

Identifier: Acc.13121
Scope and Contents The collection consists of copies of Ernest Robb`s emigration papers, c. 1900-1972. The papers include a typescript diary of the journey from Plymouth to Australia, an immigration identity card, Ernest Robb`s Australian passport, a receipt of passage`s money, a passenger`s contract ticket as well as photographs of Ernest and his brothers Jock, emigrant to Western Australia, and Bob, emigrant to the USA.Ernest Robb was born in Castlehill cottage, Troqueer, Kirkudbrightshire,...
Dates: circa 1900-1972.

Copy by Sir James Balfour of the diary of Robert Birrell, burgess of Edinburgh.

Identifier: Adv.MS.33.7.28
Scope and Contents

Apart from a few entries at the beginning, recording major events since 1370, it covers the period between 1566 and 1603, breaking off in July of that year. All the entries concern public events.

Dates: 1566-1603.

Copy of "Richards's universal daily Remembrancer" for 1826 containing entries for almost all the days of the year., 1826.

Identifier: MS.23228
Scope and Contents

The compiler who is unidentified appears to have been resident in Rome, travelling overland to England and returning by sea.

A small quantity of papers formerly pinned to some of the leaves have been bound in at the back of the volume.

Dates: 1826.

Copy of the diary of the early part of the Crimean War compiled by Major Alexander Irving, Royal Artillery (later Major-General), in an unidentified late nineteenth or early twentieth- century hand (presumably that of a descendant).

Identifier: MS.15391
Scope and Contents It is not clear whether the original diary remained unfinished or whether there were other, untranscribed volumes, but this copy covers only the period from 8 August (folio 1 verso), when Alexander Irving embarked at Woolwich, until 3 December 1854 (folio 122). Also copied at appropriate points in the narrative are private letters written chiefly to his wife Mary and to a friend John Scott Moncrieff. The copyist has begun at folios 1 verso-2 and proceeds one opening at a time, presumably in...
Dates: 1854.

Copy of "The Endurance Diary of Harry McNeish", carpenter with Ernest Shackleton`s 1914-1916 Imperial Trans-Atlantic Expedition.

Identifier: Acc.12254
Scope and Contents

Transcribed by Shane Murphy from a microfilm in the National Library of Australia, Canberra. Includes copy of "The Diary of Thomas H Orde-Lees`s Imperial Trans-Atlantic Expedition, 1914-1916" being notes made by Margot Murrell, 1997.

Dates: circa 1997.

Correspondence and papers of A H E L Holt.

Identifier: Acc.8756
Scope and Contents

Concerning chiefly Holt`s work as a railway engineer in Iraq, 1916-1932 and undated, and as a soil consultant in Sudan, 1952-1958.

Also includes:

papers and notebooks, 1884-1929 and undated, of his father-in-law, the Reverend E M Macphail

papers, 1880-1907 and undated, concerning the claim by Stewart Soutar Johnstone to the Marquesate of Annandale.

Dates: 1880-1958 and undated.