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Scope Note: Texts preceding the main work and containing comments about such matters as the reason for or circumstances of the author's writing the work, or comments by another about the author or the work.

Found in 46 Collections and/or Records:

‘1467 MS’ written by Dubhghall Albanach mac mhic Cathail and the Reverend John Beaton’s ‘Broad Book’, written by Ádhamh Ó Cuirnín.

Identifier: Adv.MS.72.1.1
Scope and Contents The manuscript consists of two sections, folios 1-9 ('1467 MS'), written in and about that date (folio 7 recto) by Dubhghall Albanach mac mhic Cathail (folios 3 recto, 5 recto, 7 recto, 8 recto), who was presumably a MacMhuirich; and folios 10-25 (Reverend John Beaton’s ‘Broad Book’), written circa 1425 by Ádhamh Ó Cuirnín (date and hand established by Tomás Ó Concheanainn, “The scribe of John Beaton’s ‘Broad Book’”, pages 99-101.The manuscript begins with Cormac’s Instructions...
Dates: [Circa 1425, circa 1467.]

Autograph manuscript of the novel ‘Deep down: a tale of the Cornish mines’ by R M Ballantyne.

Identifier: MS.20443
Scope and Contents

The preface is signed and dated at Edinburgh in 1868. The manuscript is heavily corrected and includes a page-proof of the preface.

Dates: 1868.

Collection of tales and verse compiled for Ronald MacDonald of Staffa, Advocate, by Iain MacMhuirich (John MacPherson), schoolmaster in Mull.

Identifier: Adv.MS.73.2.1
Scope and Contents Tales and Ossianic verse written down from the recitation of Donald MacLean (born 1715), who had most of his material from his grandfather Malcolm MacPhail (Calum Mac Phail), Rothill, Torosay. Macpherson's foreword is dated April 1803; the date on the back of the final leaf gives the dating of ‘1802-3-& 4’.The contents are included as collection "P" in John Francis Campbell of Islay's 'Leabhar na Feinne' (London 1872), and page numbers are given below; see also pages...
Dates: 1802-1804, 1871.

Doggerel verses concerning Patrick Adamson and George Gladstanes, Archbishops of St Andrews, 1575-1592 and 1604-1615 respectively., 1622, undated.

Identifier: MS.5446
Scope and Contents

The work is introduced by 'The preface of the lyf of the pretendit Bishope of Sct. Androis, 1622’ (folio 2), and is followed by 'The legend or discourse of ye lyffe, conversa[ti]ane and qualities of the Tulchan Bishop of St. Androis sett furth be R.S.' (folio 4); 'The legend of umqll. Mr. George Gledstanes, Archbishope of St. Androis' was added later in the same hand (folio 18).

Dates: 1622, undated.

Drafts, fragments, typescript, reviews, prefaces and short pieces of Ruthven Todd., 1958-1977, undated.

Identifier: MS.26862
Scope and Contents

The contents are as follows. (i) Drafts and fragments of short stories, 1958-1973, undated (folio 1). They include 'The Garden of Forking Paths' (folio 1), a translation of a story by Jorge Luis Borges, published in ‘Ficciones’, edited by A Kerrigan (London, 1962), pages 89-101. (ii) Typescript of 'The Freedom Riders', a play, undated (folio 83); (iii) Reviews, prefaces, short pieces and fragments, 1966-1977, undated (folio 90).

Dates: 1958-1977, undated.

Drafts, undated, of James Burnett, Lord Monboddo, of volume iv of ‘Antient metaphysics’., [1795, or before.]

Identifier: MS.24523
Scope and Contents The contents are as follows. (i) Preface. (Folio 1.) (ii) An early draft of volume iv, bearing little relation to the published text. (Folio 3.) Monboddo number 287. (iii) Fragment on the Egyptians, possibly part of book 2, chapter 3. (Folio 138.) (iv) Draft, in chapters numbered 3 to 6, of book 2, chapter 3 and book 3, chapters 2, 4 and 3. Notes at the end indicate that chapters 9-11 were contained in 'the folio MS'; this is not one of the surviving bound folio notebooks (MSS.24538-24546),...
Dates: [1795, or before.]

‘Gaelic Proverbs, Adages, Maxims & Common Sayings, with an English translation & explanatory notes. To which is added, A Specimen of a Gaelic Calendar', by James McIntyre, schoolmaster in Glasgow.

Identifier: MS.1832
Scope and Contents

The author died in January 1835, when the work was about to be published. At the end are printed proofs of part of the preface and selections in manuscript from the proverbs given before. At the beginning is a note on McIntyre's life and work.

Dates: [1835, or before.]

'History of the sufferings and misfortunes of the Picard family after the shipwreck of the Medusa' by Patrick Maxwell, being a translation of 'La Chaumière africaine' of Mademoiselle C A Dard., [1827, or before.]

Identifier: MS.684
Scope and Contents

Included is the translator's preface, appendix and notes, all as published in 'Perils and captivity' "Constable's miscellany" volume xi, (Edinburgh, 1827), with the preface to that volume written by H(?ugh) Murray.

Dates: [1827, or before.]

Letters and notes concerning the publication by John Murray of 'Works of Lord Byron'., 1896-1915.

Identifier: MS.43499
Scope and Contents These letters, notes and proofs all concern 'The Works of Lord Byron', which was edited by Ernest Hartley Coleridge and Rowland Edmund Prothero, and published in 13 volumes by Murray between 1898 and 1904. The letters have been arranged in alphabetical order by correspondent surname.Letters of Ernest Hartley Coleridge to John Murray IV, 1896-1915: folios 1-113;Letters of Charles Plumptre Johnson to John Murray IV, 1899-1900: folios 114-119;...
Dates: 1896-1915.

Letters of and concerning Hugh Miller and his relatives.

Identifier: MS.7528
Scope and Contents The contents are as follows:(i) Letters, 1802-1807, of Hugh Miller, father of the geologist, to his wife (folio 1);(ii) Letters, 1844-1850, of Hugh Miller to his mother, wife, and daughter (folio 14);(iii) Letters, 1834-1857, to Hugh Miller and his wife (folio 26);(iv) Letters and documents, 1841-1872, concerning the family of John Davidson, husband of Hugh Miller's daughter Harriet (folio 38);(v) Draft of letter and of part of the...
Dates: 1802-1872.

Letters of Sir Walter Scott to George Huntly Gordon, with manuscripts, proofs, and other papers., 1817-1831, undated.

Identifier: MS.3653, folios 33-146
Scope and Contents The contents are as follows:Letters, 1817-1831, undated, of Sir Walter Scott to George Huntly Gordon; passages, in Scott's hand, of ‘Ivanhoe’ and ‘Kenilworth’ and part of the preface to his edition of R Richard Franck's ‘Northern memoirs’; proofs of the preface corrected by Scott and Ballantyne; proofs, 1828, of the ‘Religious discourses’, corrected by Scott; two letters, 1837, undated, of Lockhart to Gordon; and other papers. The signatures have been cut from many of the...
Dates: 1817-1831, undated.

Letters to John Murray, publishers, of correspondents with surnames and company names from Haass to Hadow, and company names beginning with initial H., 1820-1909.

Identifier: MS.40500
Scope and Contents All the letters are arranged alphabetically by correspondent and by date under each name. An additional correspondent has been added to the end of the sequence.H. Blaikley and Co.Memorandum, 1901, of H. Blaikley and Co. to John Murray IV. Folio 1.H. Champion.Letter, 1896, of H. Champion to John Murray IV. Folios 2-3.H. J. Cooper and Co. Ltd.Letter, 1893, of Frederick James Forman on behalf of H. J. Cooper and Co Ltd...
Dates: 1820-1909.

Letters to John Murray, publishers, of correspondents with surnames from Gamber to Gardiner, M., 1817-1938.

Identifier: MS.40436
Scope and Contents All the letters are arranged alphabetically by correspondent and by date under each name.Gambier, James William.Letters, 1904-1905, of James William Gambier to John Murray IV. Folios 1-6.Gamble, Arthur.Letter, 1897, of Arthur Gamble to John Murray IV. Folios 7-8.Gamble, Henry Reginald.Letters and postcard, 1901-1904, of Henry Reginald Gamble to John Murray IV. Folios 9-43.Folios 35-36. Circular, 101,...
Dates: 1817-1938.

Letters to John Murray, publishers, of correspondents with surnames from Lockwood to Loftus., 1824-1926.

Identifier: MS.40708
Scope and Contents All the letters are arranged alphabetically by correspondent and by date under each name.Lockwood, Amelius Mark Richard.Letters, 1919, of Amelius Mark Richard Lockwood, 1st Baron Lambourne, to John Murray IV. Folios 1-5.Folios 3-4. Newspaper cuttings, 1919, showing an article entitled ‘Playful ways of ministers’ by Amelius Mark Richard Lockwood.Folio 5. Note, 1919, concerning Amelius Mark Richard Lockwood.Lockwood, Hannah...
Dates: 1824-1926.

Letters to Rachel Annand Taylor.

Identifier: MS.20436
Scope and Contents The contents are as follows: (i) Letters, 1909-1956, undated, from Professor Gilbert Murray and his wife. They concern Rachel Annand Taylor's work, in particular her ‘Aspects of the Italian Renaissance’. The typescript of Murray's preface to this is included (folio 32). (Folio 1.) (ii) Letters, 1931, 1933, from George Blake of the publishers Faber and Faber, concerning the publication of ‘Dunbar’. (Folio 58.) (iii) Letters, 1948-1951, undated, from John Gawsworth. (Folio 74.) (iv) Letter,...
Dates: 1909-1956, undated.

Manuscripts, typescripts and proofs of introductions and prefaces by Christopher Murray Grieve, 'Hugh MacDiarmid' to some of his own works, as well as to works by other writers., 1936-1978, undated.

Identifier: MS.27067
Scope and Contents

The papers include fragments of the introduction to Hugh MacDiarmid's proposed biography of John Maclean, 1936 (folio 1), the introduction to his unpublished long poem 'Impavidi Progrediamur', 1956 (folio 58), and a partial typescript of the introductory essay to an anthology of work by contemporary Scottish poets, undated (folio 212).

Dates: 1936-1978, undated.

Material relating to ‘The poems and ballads of Schiller’, translated by Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer, 1st Baron Lytton., 1844, 1851.

Identifier: MS.4824
Scope and Contents The contents are as follows:(i) Manuscript, 1851, of the preface to 'The poems and ballads of Schiller', second edition (folio 1);(ii) Dismembered copy of pages 1-232 of volume ii of the first edition, heavily corrected for the second (folio 16);(iii) Manuscripts of 'The cranes of lbycus' and a portion of 'The victory feast', corresponding to pages 127-139 of volume i of the first edition (folio 132);(iv) Manuscripts of 'Farewell to the reader'...
Dates: 1844, 1851.