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Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
Scope Note: Poems consisting of 14 decasyllabic lines, often in a rhyming scheme. The sonnet form is considered to be of Italian origin, appearing in the 13th century in Sicily, after which it spread to Tuscany, where Petrarch perfected the form with his Canzioniere, a series of 317 sonnets to his idealized love, Laura. The Petrarchian sonnet has historically been the most widely used of the form, although the Elizabethan form (3 quatrains, with a final rhyming couplet) is also common.

Found in 23 Collections and/or Records:

Collection of state papers of the reigns of James VI and Charles I made by Sir James Balfour of Denmilne, Lord Lyon King of Arms.

Identifier: Adv.MSS.33.1.1-33.1.15
Scope and Contents

The collection is known both as the `Denmilne State Papers` and the `Denmilne Collection`. Less formally it is often referred to as the `Denmilne Manuscripts`.

Dates: 1548-1641.

‘[Gospel Sonnets] or Spiritual Songs’, in the autograph of the Reverend Ralph Erskine, preceded and followed by matter in shorthand.

Identifier: MS.1015
Scope and Contents

Two versions of part vi, chapter v, section 1, ‘In heavenly quires a question rose’, are given (folios 119, 122).

Dates: Early 18th century-mid 18th century.

Letters, 1914-1941, of Lord Alfred Douglas to William Sorley Brown, editor of the ‘Border standard’, concerned chiefly with the publication of Douglas's articles, poems and speeches; with several drafts of letters chiefly written to newspapers for publication.

Identifier: MS.9925
Scope and Contents

Also included are a number of newspaper-cuttings, 1915-1936, undated, by or about Lord Alfred Douglas, and the manuscripts, 1915, undated, of three sonnets. "All's well with England", 'Winston Churchill' and 'A Christmas sonnet', all apparently unpublished.

Dates: 1914-1941.

Letters written to William Marwick, chiefly in his capacity of Editor of the 'Ruskin Reading Guild Journal’, afterwards ‘Igdrasil’.

Identifier: MS.2984
Scope and Contents Most of the letters are from W G Collingwood and relate to Ruskin and his works, 1888-1890; some deal with attacks made on Ruskin by R T Hamilton Bruce in the ‘Scots Observer’, 1889 (folios 20-38). Two undated sonnets of Collingwood are included (folio 115). Other letters are written by the Honourable Roden Noel, 1890 (folios 89-92), and Henry Stephens Salt, 1891 (folio 103), regarding their contributions to the 'Ruskin Reading Guild Journal'; by Roger Casement, at Creek Town, Old Calabar,...
Dates: 1888-1893.

Manuscripts and typescripts of poems by Robert Garioch Sutherland., ?1952-1979, undated.

Identifier: MS.26595
Scope and Contents

Some of the poems are written on the backs of letters and other scrap paper, and include the following: (i) Some of the 'Roman sonnets frae Giuseppe Belli', 1975-1979, undated (folio 1); (ii) Miscellaneous poems, ?1952-1979, undated (folio 22). Not all of these were included in the ‘Complete poetical works’ (Edinburgh, 1983).

Dates: ?1952-1979, undated.

Microfilm chiefly of photographs and prints of works of Phoebe Anna Traquair.

Identifier: Mf.Sec.MSS.915
Scope and Contents

The contents are as follows: Photographs of and printed articles concerning murals of Phoebe Anna Traquair, [1890-1948] (MS.8123);

Illuminated manuscript, 1895-1897, by Phoebe Anna Traquair of ‘Sonnets from the Portuguese’ by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (MS.8127);

Collotype prints of an illuminated manuscript, 1890-1892, by Phoebe Anna Traquair of ‘In Memoriam’ by Alfred Tennyson (MS.8128).

Dates: [1890-1948.]

Miscellaneous papers of John Pinkerton., Late 18th century-early 19th century.

Identifier: MS.1711
Scope and Contents

The contents comprise materials relating to John Pinkerton's collections of poetry (folio 1), edition of Barbour (folio 29), geographical works (folio 35), mineralogy (folio 104), ‘Recollections of Paris’ (folio 129), etc.; plans for works which were not subsequently carried out (folio 153); original poems (folio 164); and miscellaneous matter (folio 173).

Dates: Late 18th century-early 19th century.

Miscellaneous single letters, poetry, etc., of celebrities, collected by Allan Park Paton., 1762-1900, undated.

Identifier: MS.3219
Scope and Contents Among the writers are: Hugh Blair, writing of Ossian and of University matters, 1762 (folio 1); Robert Burns, part of a letter to Mrs McLehose (Clarinda) (published), 1787 (folio 3); 'An American gentleman', probably the Reverend Heman Humphrey, on the field of Waterloo, 1835 (folio 36); Principal Alexander John Scott, a sonnet, 'Harold complains that mountain-climbers find', ?1844 (folio 58); Lord Dufferin, commending Ebenezer Wyse, who navigated the ‘Foam’ to Iceland, etc., on the voyage...
Dates: 1762-1900, undated.

Poems of Henry Mackenzie, author of ‘The man of feeling’, chiefly in his autograph.

Identifier: MS.569
Scope and Contents The contents are as follows.(i) ‘On the laying the Foundation of the High School of Edinburgh, 24th June, 1777’ (folio i);(ii) ‘Winter Hymn’ with a note, 26 January 1829 (folio 2);(iii) ‘Morning Hymn’, endorsed, ‘Written out 1825, composed chiefly in a dream at Canaan Lodge [Edinburgh] one beautiful morning in August, 1825’; two copies (folio 4);(iv) ‘Ink loquitur’, endorsed, ‘(Impromptu) to Steuart of Allantoun, the translator of Sallust, who...
Dates: 1777-1829, undated.

Romance of the lovers Pamphilia and Deiphebo., Early 16th century.

Identifier: MS.3058
Scope and Contents The romance begins, 'La antiqua et diu observata consuetudine', and ends, 'Tu adunque Illustrissimo et Magnifico lettore vivi felice: et amia damni pensando habbi alcuna volta compassione: Vale'. The narrative is interspersed with letters, sonnets, and other verse. The manuscript is written in a cursive humanistic script of the early sixteenth century, probably influenced by Ludovico degli Arrighi.The title-page (folio 1) is surrounded by a border divided by gilt...
Dates: Early 16th century.

Scrap-book, containing caricatures, some dated 1813, and other drawings, chiefly by John Gibson Lockhart, engravings, etchings, lithographs, etc., 1813-1857, undated.

Identifier: MS.1626
Scope and Contents The scrap-book includes the drawing of Fenella dancing before Charles II (? by Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe) (number 78), that of John Gibson Lockhart and others riding to Selkirk, 1823 (number 80), and the portrait of Charles Scott, 1820 (number 82), all reproduced in Andrew Lang’s ‘Life and Letters of ... Lockhart’, and a portrait of Tom Purdie, 1822 (number 79). The album also contains ‘Select Sonnets’ by George Huntly Gordon (printed, undated), with an autograph dedication by the author to...
Dates: 1813-1857, undated.

State papers collected by Sir James Balfour of Denmilne, volume 31: miscellaneous letters and papers., 1586, 1605-1620, undated.

Identifier: Adv.MS.33.1.14 [xxxi]
Scope and Contents From the Collection:

The collection is known both as the `Denmilne State Papers` and the `Denmilne Collection`. Less formally it is often referred to as the `Denmilne Manuscripts`.

Dates: 1586, 1605-1620, undated.

Verse, undated, by John Stuart Blackie., Mid 19th century-late 19th century.

Identifier: MS.2651
Scope and Contents

The contents are as follows: sonnets (folio 1), songs (folio 42), an epic on Jack the Giant-killer, in Greek and English (folio 80), fragments of a drama on Prometheus (folio 132), and miscellaneous (folio 148).

Dates: Mid 19th century-late 19th century.