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Subject Source: Local sources
Scope Note: Literary and oral genre rooted in the compressed and cogent imaginative awareness or associations of experiences, ideas, or emotional responses and arranged under an organized criterion of meaning, conscious and unconscious expression, symbolism, formal or informal pattern, sound, and rhythm. The genre encompasses narrative, dramatic, satiric, didactic, erotic, and personal forms. (AAT) All poetry, except ballads, was indexed under this heading in the published catalogues. (NLS) .

Found in 2790 Collections and/or Records:

11 letters, 1967-1983, to and copies of two letters, 1970-1971, of W R Aitken

Identifier: Acc.8951
Scope and Contents

With inscribed copies of Robert Bain, "James the First of Scotland" (1921), and William Montgomerie, "A Selection of Three Poems" (1965), each with letters, 1921 and 1965, from the authors.

Dates: 1921, 1965-1983

11th-century manuscript of uncertain origin, containing the 'Satires' of Juvenal, written by at least two hands.

Identifier: Adv.MS.18.5.17
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v.80-vi.15 and vii.137-218 are lost through loss of leaves; several verses in vi and xv are wholly or partly lost through excessive trimming. The text is of the Ψ group (cf. ‘Handschriftliche Grundlagen des Juvenaltextes`). Extensive scholia on folio 1 recto (i.1-57), sporadic thereafter.

Some initials in red, some in ink, others omitted. Written by at least two hands.

Dates: 11th century.

12th-century manuscript of the 'Aeneid' of Virgil.

Identifier: Adv.MS.18.4.13
Scope and Contents vi. 850-vii.512, xi.77-652, and xii.301-952 are lost. There are verse arguments to books ii-vi and ix-xii (Pseudo-Ovid in ‘Anthologia Latina’, 1).Bound in are end-papers from a previous binding: (i) at the front, folios iii-iv, two non-conjugate leaves (but sewn together), containing Alexander Neckam, `De nominibus utensilium` (‘A Library of National Antiquities, I: A Volume of Vocabularies’; cf. ‘The schools and the cloister’, page 126), pages 96-98.5 ‘sculptum’ and...
Dates: 12th century.

13 letters of Alastair Reid to John Main, with collection of typescript poems of Alastair Reid.

Identifier: Acc.13393
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With one letter, 1994, of Alastair Reid to John Main, enclosing a copy of an article of Reid's from 'The New Yorker'.

Dates: 1948-1951.

13th-century manuscript of 'Aurora' by Peter Riga.

Identifier: Adv.MS.18.5.4
Scope and Contents The text is that of the third mediaeval version (see Paul E Beichner`s edition, volume 1, page xix), but like Notre Dame University Library MS.2, does not include the Liber Iob and Cantica Canticorum. The author`s name is given in a colophon to the Evangelium (folio 155 recto).The manuscript has been misbound, and folios 89-104 should precede folio 81. One passage in III Kings, which Beichner (volume 1, page 300, lines 13-66) attributes to the first recension of Aegidius, is...
Dates: 13th century.

13th-century manuscript of the 'Metamophoses' of Ovid, written in France, with numerous contemporary and later interlinear and marginal glosses.

Identifier: Adv.MS.18.3.8
Scope and Contents The initials of each book are alternately blue and red. There are numerous contemporary and later interlinear and marginal glosses. In the lower margins of folios 81 verso-87 is written in a 14th-century hand a hymn to the Virgin in French, in 97 verses, beginning 'Dame resplendissant roine gloriose' ( ‘Répertoire d`incipit de prières en ancien français’, number 330; attributed to Gautier de Coinci). In the lower margin of folio 112 verso is written `Aue Maria, bene dicamus` with music above...
Dates: Late 13th century.

13th-century manuscript, produced in France, containing the 'Perceval' of Chrétien de Troyes, with the First and Second Continuations and the Continuation of Manessier.

Identifier: Adv.MS.19.1.5
Scope and Contents Manuscript produced in France containing the 'Perceval' of Chrétien de Troyes, with the First and Second Continuations and the Continuation of Manessier. The manuscript is the work of one scribe and is written in two columns of 40 lines.The place of production of the manuscript has been attributed by Hilka (1932), Micha (1939) and Roach (1949) to the eastern part of France based on the language. Nixon reports that more recent scholarship has localised the manuscript to the border...
Dates: 13th century.

15th-century English manuscript containing three Middle English texts: 'Liber maundevyle'; the chivalric poem 'Sir Cleges'; and, 'De regimine principum' by Thomas Hoccleve.

Identifier: Adv.MS.19.1.11
Scope and Contents The contents of the manuscript are as follows:(i) ‘Liber maundevyle` (folio 1). The manuscript belongs to sub-group E of the Defective Version on which the earliest editions were based (`English manuscripts of Mandeville`s Travels`, pages 169-171). Several leaves are missing, containing the end of the prologue and beginning of chapter 1 (after folio 1), chapters 6-9 (after folio 10), and the end of chapter 32 onwards.(ii) `Sir Cleges` (folio 71). ‘The Index of Middle...
Dates: 15th century.

15th-century manuscript containing the 'Oratio in die cinerum apud Pium Papam Secundum' of Giovanni Antonio Campano, and the 'De ira Dei', 'De opificio Dei', and 'De fenice ave' of Lactantius.

Identifier: Adv.MS.18.7.14
Scope and Contents 15th-century manuscript produced in France. The work can be dated to after 1458 due to the mention of Pope Pius II in the rubric of 'Oratio in die Cinerum'.The manuscript is the work of one scribe and is written in littera textualis with 28 lines to a page. The contents are as follows:Vellum flyleaf with possible ownership inscription. Folio 1.Vellum flyleaf with title inscription. This folio has probably been repurposed as it was once facing a...
Dates: Late 15th century.

15th-century manuscript of the 'Filostrato' of Giovanni Boccaccio.

Identifier: Adv.MS.19.2.14
Scope and Contents Manuscript produced in Italy containing the 'Filostrato' of Giovanni Boccaccio, a poem on the loves of Troilus and Criseida in 713 stanzas of ottava rima. The manuscript is the work of one scribe, written in an Italian round hand by a Florentine scribe.The work itself is preceded by a paragaph explaining the meaning of the name 'Filostrato', followed by an introductory epistle to 'Phylomena'.The text is written with 4 stanzas to a page. The...
Dates: 2nd half of 15th century.

15th-century manuscript of uncertain origin which contains miscellaneous works, mostly theological

Identifier: Adv.MS.18.8.5
Scope and Contents The contents of the manuscript are as follows:(i) A version of the first two parts of the `Secretum Secretorum`. It corresponds to the text published in ‘Opera ... Rogeri Baconi’, fascicle V, pages 38-75, but is a very much shorter version, omitting the whole of caps. ii (the prologue of John), iv and viii, and many passages elsewhere. There are a few insertions and corrections in another hand. Begins `Quando allexander subiugavit sibi perses`. Ends `una vice post aliam et sic...
Dates: 15th century.

17th-century manuscript, probably written in Scotland, containing a translation into Latin of the 'Οἰκουμένης περιήγησις' ['Description of the Known World'], by Dionysius Periegetes.

Identifier: Adv.MS.18.5.7
Scope and Contents 17th-century manuscript, probably written in Scotland, containing a translation into Latin of the 'Οἰκουμένης περιήγησις' of Dionysius Periegetes, also known as the Description of the Known World.The translation is probably the work of Sir John Nisbet, Lord Dirleton, as suggested in a heading on page 1 in the hand of Sir Robert Sibbald, which reads: 'Dionisii Alexandrini Perihegesis Carmine Heroico Latino e Graeco reddita per Anonymum Scotum (ut creditur D. Jo. Nisbeti de...
Dates: 17th century.

19th century printed material, mostly of or relating to Professor James Lorimer., 1862-1933, undated.

Identifier: Acc.8695/226-251
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: This collection, while primarily composed of the letters and papers of Esther Chalmers herself, and reflecting her own life and activities, also reflects those of her family, from her grandparents to her nieces and nephews, and of her friends, both in Britain and abroad. The papers concern mostly her own life and her association with Lucie Dejardin, the Belgian socialist, with papers concerning her kinfolk the Lorimers of Kellie (particularly James Lorimer and J H Lorimer) and her father Sir...
Dates: 1862-1933, undated.

64 letters, 1899-1949 and undated, to John Purves, mostly on literary matters, from among others J M Barrie, John Davidson, Luigi Pirandello and Walter de la Mare.

Identifier: Acc.7175
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With literary and historical manuscripts, 1388, 1798-1911 and undated, collected by Purves, including single letters of D G Rossetti, John Ruskin, Sir Walter Scott, and William Wordsworth.

Also two albums, 1936-1952, of Purves, containing inscriptions in poetry and prose by various contributors.

Dates: 1388, 1798-1952.

115 letters to W R Aitken and his family of Hugh MacDiarmid, and four from Valda Grieve.

Identifier: Acc.10488
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With manuscripts of a short story and essay of MacDiarmid, proof copy of "Sanschaw" and typescript copy of a thesis on MacDiarmid by Claude Henry.

Dates: 1934-1978.

118 letters to James K Annand.

Identifier: Acc.9624
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Concerning literary and personal matters, with associated manuscripts of poems.

Correspondents include: Robert Garioch, Hugh MacDiarmid and Albert D Mackie.

Dates: 1926-1985.

162 letters of George Mackay Brown to Jenny Robertson.

Identifier: Acc.12679
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Includes two letters, 1981, to Robertson's daughter Aileen, three incomplete letters and a copy of a poem 'To George' by Jenny Robertson.

Dates: 1977-1996.

Academic and literary correspondence of Professor Alastair Fowler, with some drafts of works and press cuttings.

 Record Group
Identifier: Acc.12015/1-57
Scope and Contents

This accession is one of several in the National Library of Scotland covering mainly incoming correspondence, but also containing copies of some outgoing letters and other literary material.

Acc.12015/57 gives biographical details on individual correspondents.

Dates: [Circa 1971-2000], undated.

Account-book of Andrew Fletcher, auditor of exchequer, containing also some legal notes, memoranda, notes on Terence, and a poem., 1744-1747.

Identifier: MS.17064
Scope and Contents From the Series: The Fletchers were merchants in Dundee, who came to prominence towards the end of the sixteenth century in the person of Robert, burgess and bailie of Dundee, who purchased various lands in Forfar which were consolidated into the estate of Innerpeffer; he died in 1622. His eldest son Sir Andrew was admitted an ordinary judge in 1623 (his brothers were James, merchant burgess of Dundee; Robert, of Bencho; and Sir George, of Restennet, advocate, through whose holding of the priory lands of...
Dates: 1744-1747.

'Account of the distribution of the extraordinarys and contingencies issued out for services performed in North Britain during the late rebellion', dated ‘Pay Office, May 14th, 1717’., 1717, [?1720.]

Identifier: MS.177
Scope and Contents An account of payments for military equipment, provisions, transport, ‘intelligence’, hospitals, etc., during the rising of 1715.Inserted at the end is "The New Year’s Gift. A Poem", [?1720], of 74 lines on the birth of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, on an elaborately ornamented sheet 18¾ inches x 15 inches (folio iii). It begins:"Tis well ! Britannia’s vows and ardent prayers At last have scaled the skies and reach’d th’ Almighty ears."and ends:...
Dates: 1717, [?1720.]

Account of the trial of Alexander Wilson, the weaver-poet and ornithologist, at the instance of William Sharp, in connexion with his poem ‘The Shark’.

Identifier: MS.493
Scope and Contents

In accordance with the order of the Sheriff-Substitute, Alexander Wilson publicly burned two copies of the poem at the Tolbooth, Paisley. Bound with a printed copy of ‘The Shark’, 1792.

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