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Nairne, James (Keeper of the Library, University of Edinburgh)



  • Existence: 1629 - 1678


James Nairn(e) was born in 1629. He attended the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 1650 under Regent Thomas Craufurd (Class number 62), alongside future Regent, John Wishart.

He served as Keeper of the Library at the University of Edinburgh, from 1652, leaving the following year to become minister at Holyroodhouse and later at Wemyss, Fife. He went on bequeath his library of 138 books to the University in 1678.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Accessions book, 1693-1789

Identifier: EUA IN1/ADS/LIB/2/Da.1.34
Scope and Contents Record of purchases, 1693-1719. General book of disbursements on the purchase of bookbindings etc. Written by Robert Henderson, Librarian, 25 July 1693- 26 February 1719. [pp 1-43]. Receipt book or record of borrowings, 14 April 1767 - 07 January 1769. Includes (pp 191-293) alphabetical cataloge of books in presses MN 1 P - MN 5 P. These were the presses that contained James Nairne's bequest. The catalogue contains a number of cross references and subject...
Dates: 1693-1789

Author catalogue, early 18th century

 Item — Volume EUA IN1/ADS/LIB/1/Da.1.5
Identifier: EUA IN1/ADS/LIB/1/Da.1.5
Scope and Contents

'Catalogus librorum in bibleotheca Universitatis Edinensis secundum Auctorum nomina ordine alphabetica digestos. No. 2 '. A copy of the catalogue of the Nairn bequest (1678) is inserted.

Dates: early 18th century

Author catalogue, POEMS-Z, Nairn Drummond, 17th -18th century

 Item — Volume EUA IN1/ADS/LIB/1/Da.1.4
Identifier: EUA IN1/ADS/LIB/1/Da.1.4
Scope and Contents

'Bibliotheca Edinburgena publica, sive index alphabeticus authorum operumque.' 3rd volume of 3. Bound in at the end of this volume are the printed catalogues of the Drummond donation (1627) and the Nairn bequest (1678).

Dates: 17th -18th century