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Grammar of the Foolah language by Robert Maxwell MacBrair

Identifier: Coll-785

Scope and Contents

Autograph manuscript of MacBrair's 'sketch' of the grammar of the Foolah (or Foulah) language spoken by the pastoral Foulahs (or Fulani), the Teucorlars (or Tukulors) and the Laubies of the interior of Western Africa, bound together.


  • Creation: 1836-1843

Language of Materials

English, Fulah.

Conditions Governing Access

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

Robert Maxwell MacBrair, M.A., was a Wesleyan missionary in the Gambia. He arrived in the Gambia circa 1836 on a special mission to write a grammar of the Mandingo and Foolah languages and to provide a translation service. He found the climate unfavourable and soon returned to England. With the assistance of an African who had returned with him, MacBrair completed his task of compiling a grammar,The Mandingo Grammar, and a translation of the New Testament. He also wrote Sketches of a Missionary's Travels.


16 Leaves

Physical Location


Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987. The volume is mentioned in the Edinburgh University Library subject checklist (C3) Manuscripts on Africa.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The material was presented to Edinburgh University Library in 1851 by Robert Maxwell MacBrair


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Existence and Location of Copies

Edinburgh University Library Special Collections also has a microfilm of the collection (Mic. Dup. 369).

Grammar of the Foolah language by Robert Maxwell MacBrair (fl. 1836-1851)
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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