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Section IV . Papers of David Laing, 17th-19th century

Identifier: La.IV

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After the death of David Laing, his private library was sold in an auction occupying thirty-one days. His collection of charters and other papers is of national importance and the most distinguished of its kind in any Scottish university. It is an essential source for the 18th century, and a much used one for all periods of Scottish history from the earliest times. The Laing Collection falls into five sections, designated as La.I., La.II., La.III., La.IV., and La.V.


  • Creation: 17th-19th century

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C. P. Finlayson, "David Laing and his Friends", University of Edinburgh Journal, 23 (1967–68), pp. 145–56.

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Data exported from Main Library Catalogue, 26 October 2010. Augmented and converted to EAD, January 2015

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Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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