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Nouveaux souvenirs d'Holyrood

Identifier: Coll-1181

Scope and Contents

The unsigned letters, mostly from Edinburgh, were all written during November or December 1831. They describe a trip from Paris to Edinburgh, and life among the French refugees there. Although the last word has been obliterated, an inscription reads: 'Quoique l'auteur ne se nomme pas, tout le monde le reconnait pour M. le Baron de [...]'. On the inside of the front cover is pasted a note reading, 'Pour mes pauvres petites filles de France', and signed Louise.


  • 1831


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Biographical / Historical

Henri V, the legitimist King of France from the abdication of Charles X in 1830 until his death in 1883, went into exile when Louis-Philippe was proclaimed king in August 1830. He established his court at Holyrood in Edinburgh, and a number of publications are associated with his time here. This is a curious collection of anonymous letters, apparently from a member of the refugee court, on a political theme. The provenance is unclear, but there is a loose note stating 'Pour mes pauvres petites filles de France' signed 'Louise' - and hopefully further research will identify her.


1 volume

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired by purchase, May 2009. Accession no: E2009.23

Processing Information

Compiled by Graeme D. Eddie, Special Collections, Edinburgh University Library.
Manuscript letters written from Holyrood, 1831: Nouveaux souvenirs D'Holyrood

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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