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Schizzenbuch aus Schottland, a sketchbook of architectural studies

Identifier: Coll-1472

Scope and Contents

The leather-bound sketch-book measures 21.5 cms x 13 cms. On its cover the sketch-book bears a version of the arms of the Board of Ordnance - three field pieces, three canon balls, mural crown, and flags. It contains various scenes around Aberdour and Kinghorn in Fife, Comrie Castle, Aberdeen Cathedral (St. Machar), Elgin Cathedral, Jedburgh, Dryburgh and Kelso Abbeys, Loch Leven Castle and Holyrood Chapel, though it also contains sketches of grander classical buildings, features and avenues possibly in Europe, and sketches of trees. On one set of pages, the letters CS have been sketched in different ways.


  • Creation: 1800-1880

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Conditions Governing Access

Open to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance of visit.

Biographical / Historical

The Board of Ordnance was a British government body responsible for the supply of armaments and munitions to the Royal Navy (until 1830) and British Army. It was also responsible for providing artillery trains for armies and maintaining coastal fortresses and, later, management of the artillery and engineer corps. It also produced maps for military purposes, a function later taken over by the Ordnance Survey. The board existed under various names from 1414 until 1855, with headquarters in the Tower of London.


1 volume

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material acquired by purchase. Accession no: E2013.42.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Graeme D. Eddie 25 March 2014

Field sketch-book bearing the Board of Ordnance arms, some sketches depicting Scottish architectural scenes
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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University of Edinburgh Main Library
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