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Scope Note: Refers to short, concise sayings repeated colloquially expressing a general truth or observation about human life or behavior, often embodying the folk wisdom of a group or nation. Distinguished from ""aphorisms"" which are statements of principle or precepts, often of known authorship.

Found in 30 Collections and/or Records:

‘Album', compiled by James Hopkirk, Dalbeth., 1826.

Identifier: MS.3062
Scope and Contents

A collection of curious facts, comic anecdotes, verse, etc., chiefly of Scottish interest, including 'Manners of the inhabitants of Glasgow in former times' (folio 31) and a list of proverbs (folio 35).

Dates: 1826.

Bible, probably written in Italy in the 13th century.

Identifier: Adv.MS.18.7.19
Scope and Contents The order of contents is the usual one (see ‘Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries’, ii, pages 210-212), except that the Prayer of Solomon is included at the end of Ecclesiasticus (folio 193). The prologues are as listed in ‘Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries’, with the following exceptions: 2 Chronicles, no prologue; Job, Stegmüller 349; Psalms, Stegmüller numbers 430, 10470, and 1833, 1; Proverbs has two additional prologues, Stegmüller 456 and 455; Jeremiah has two additional...
Dates: Mid 13th century.

Commonplace Book compiled by Reverend John Fairley.

Identifier: Acc.14554
Scope and Contents

Contains extensive notes on "Popery" in Scotland, the Scottish Covenanters and Cameronians, temperance and abstinence, proverbs and quotations, and observations on the rules of composition.

Dates: Circa 1837.

Commonplace book of Alexander Keith of Ravelston, (died 1751), but written in more than one hand., 1684-?1688.

Identifier: MS.21186
Scope and Contents The commonplace book contains Latin poetry (including extracts from Horace, Virgil and Juvenal), songs, prose and exercises; astronomical, navigational, and mathematical notes and exercises, with some diagrams and tables; notes on the art of gunnery; some common psalm tunes; prayers; English proverbs, verse and poetry; extracts from a guide to the education of children and youth; instructions concerning card tricks; some verse attributed to the 1st Marquis of Montrose and notes on his role...
Dates: 1684-?1688.

‘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.]

Manuscript containing poems of William MacMurchy.

Identifier: Adv.MS.72.2.15
Scope and Contents The manuscript contains a ‘coat of arms’ watermark. The scribe of the manuscript is William MacMurchy (see Adv.MS.72.2.12). MacMurchy also wrote versions of fourteen of the poems in this manuscript in what are now Adv.MS.73.2.2 (thence printed in ‘Reliquiae Celticae’, volume 2, pages 310-420) and the Inverneill MS (photostat, National Library of Scotland MS.14981). A number of the poems are plainly by the scribe himself.Ewen MacLachlan described it in his ‘Celtic Analysis’...
Dates: 18th century, before 1778.

Manuscript of chiefly Gaelic proverbs written by William MacMurchy.

Identifier: Adv.MS.72.2.12
Scope and Contents The manuscript bears a ‘coat of arms’ watermark, and was written circa 1759 (cf. page 11) by William MacMurchy (died circa 1778) of Campbeltown in Kintyre, schoolmaster, tailor, poet, musician and scribe, for whom see Conley, 'A poem in the Stewart Collection', page 26. He may have been a pupil of Hugh MacLean (schoolmaster of Kilchenzie, Kintyre, circa 1699), as his Gaelic hand, typical of its period for Irish manuscripts, bears at times a strong resemblance to that of the latter (note...
Dates: [Circa 1759.]

Microfilm of two Gaelic manuscripts of William MacMurchy (died circa 1778) of Campbelltown in Kintyre.

Identifier: Mf.Sec.MSS.979
Scope and Contents

The contents are as follows: A collection of proverbs and other matter, written circa 1759 by William MacMurchy (Adv.MS.72.2.12); A collection of poetry written by William MacMurchy, many of his own composition (Adv.MS.73.2.2).

Dates: [?circa 1759.]

Notes and drafts of Sir David Dalrymple, Lord Hailes., 2nd half of 18th century.

Identifier: MS.25452
Scope and Contents

The contents are as follows. (i) Notes on Scottish proverbs in Lord Hailes' hand, undated. See also MSS.25433-25435 (folio 1); (ii) Incomplete drafts of 'Specimen of a glossary of the Scottish language', undated (folio 94); (iii) 'Index Nominum' in Lord Hailes' hand found enclosed in his copy of Hubert Langueti 'Epistolae Politicae et Historicae ad Philippum Sydnaeum', 1646 (folio 114).

Dates: 2nd half of 18th century.

Papers collected by the Rymour Club, chiefly containing material not printed in the ‘Miscellanea’., ?19th century-?early 20th century.

Identifier: MS.3768
Scope and Contents The contents are as follows.(i) Two sets of corrections to T G Stevenson's 'Sempill ballates’, with notes (folio 1);(ii) Popular rhymes (folio 17), with a girls' singing-game (folio 28) and a skipping-rope rhyme (folio 29);(iii) Children's rhymes and a game (folio 30);(iv) Proverbs and sayings (folio 47);(v) Stories (folio 57);(vi) Miscellaneous verse and prose (folio 64), including copies of five poems of Henry Scott...
Dates: ?19th century-?early 20th century.

Papers of and concerning the Reverend George Murray Reith.

Identifier: Acc.3564
Scope and Contents

Including notebooks, press cuttings, an unpublished life of Sir Stamford Raffles, and lectures on ecclesiastical history.

Dates: [?1885]-?1st half of 19th century.