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Lecture notes and student memorabilia of Magnus Grimond

 Fonds — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Coll-1891

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of miscellaneous undergraduate materials from 1978-82 belonging to Magnus Grimond, relating to his studies in law and history. Grimond studied at Edinburgh University between 1978 and 1982, although 1980/81 was spent at the University of Pennsylvania.


  1. Scots Law 1, 1978-79: course summary, reading and lecture notes and essays.
  2. Scottish Legal System, 1978-79, & Scottish History 2, 1979-80: lecture notes.
  3. Constitutional Law, 1979-80: course, lecture and reading notes.
  4. British History 1, 1978-79: course summary, reading and lecture notes and essays.
  5. European History 1 & 2, 1978-79 & 1979-80: course, lecture and reading notes.
  6. European History 1: (a) separately-bound reading notes and (b) separately-bound essay notes.
  7. Law: miscellaneous letters and papers.
  8. Constitutional Law & European History 2: loose essay notes.
  9. Constitutional Law: Xeroxed tutorial essays and problems.
  10. Law and history: separately-bound essay notes for Constitutional Law, European History 2 and Scottish History 2.
  11. Constitutional Law & Orkney dissertation: separately-bound essay notes.
  12. Scots Law 1, British History 1, European History 1 & 2, Scottish History 2: exam papers and answers.
  13. Three volumes of bound Constitutional Law materials (1980) on Judicial Review of Administrative Action, Public Order and The Police.
  14. Loose papers and essay drafts relating to studies at University of Pennsylvania, plus course list for 1980 and political leaflets.
  15. Exam papers, notes and cuttings from University of Pennsylvania, 1980-81.
  16. Scotland and Scandinavia, 1981-82: exam papers, essay and reading notes.
  17. British Foreign Policy, 1981-82: past exam papers, reading notes and draft of dissertation (?).
  18. Loose papers relating to Scotland & Scandinavia.
  19. Loose papers relating to British Foreign Policy.
  20. Orkney Norse studies (?): three boxes of index card reading notes, including index cards from research on Orkney dissertation, 1981-82, deposited in Kirkwall Library.
  21. Orkney studies: loose lecture notes.
  22. European Intellectual History, 19th Century, 1980 (University of Pennsylvania): lecture and reading notes; American Colonial History, 1607-1750, 1980 (University of Pennsylvania): lecture and reading notes; Roman Law, 1980 (University of Pennsylvania): lecture and reading notes; and European Diplomatic History, 1870-1933, 1980-81 (University of Pennsylvania): lecture and reading notes.
  23. European Society and Economy, 1981 (University of Pennsylvania): lecture and reading notes; American Revolution, 1981 (University of Pennsylvania): lecture and reading notes; and Byzantine Civilisation, 1981 (University of Pennsylvania): lecture and reading notes.
  24. British Foreign Policy, 1981-82: lecture and reading notes.
  25. Scotland & Scandinavia and Scandinavian 3, 1981-82: lecture and reading notes.

Subsequent accrual donated in November 2018 (SC-Acc-2018-0203): Essays, certificates, booklets and membership cards relating to Magnus Grimond's time as a student at Edinburgh University in the 1980s. Includes membership cards for student clubs, programme for the Edinburgh University Historical Society, prospectus, leaflets related to the 'Yes for Scotland' campaign for the referendum on 1 March 1979, a copy of the Scotland Act 1978, typed essays on 'Scotland and Scandinavia', Scottish History, and European history dated 1979-82, a 1981 syllabus and some correspondence and leaflets from the University of Pennsylvania where Grimond studied one year, and one folder of Scottish Certificate of Education exam papers.


  • Creation: 1978-1982


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Conditions Governing Access

Mostly open, but some documents are restricted under Data Protection legislation because they contain personal information. Please contact the repository in advance if you would like to consult this material.


2 linear metres

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bulk of the material donated in October 2018 by Magnus Grimond (accession no SC-Acc-2018-0178). Additional donation in November 2018 (accession no SC-Acc-2018-0203).


Some material have been appraised: photocopies of extracts of books on European Diplomatic History and Roman Law, that were wihtin file no 14. Extracts from: Trachtenberg, Marc, Reparation in world politics : France and European economic diplomacy, 1916-1923 (New York: Columbia University Press, 1980); Fieldhouse, D. K., '"Imperialism": An historiographical Revision', in The Economic Review, second series, vol. XIV, no. 2 (1961); Lammers, Donald, 'Arno Mayer and the British Decision for War: 1914' in Journal of British Studies, Volume 12, Issue 2 (May 1973) , pp. 137-165; Turabian, Kate, Student's guide for writing college papers (Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1976); Thomas, Joseph A. C., 'Animus furandi', in IVRA, 13, (1968), pp. 70-88; Watson, Alan, 'The Jackass, The Mare and Furtum', and Thomas, Joseph A. C., 'Infitiando Depositum Nemo Facit Furtum', in Studi in onore di E. Volterra, 2, (1969); MacCormack, G. D., 'Definitions: Furtum and Contrectatio', in Acta Juridica 129 (1977); Watson, Alan, 'The Definition of Furtum and the Trichotomy', in Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis, 28 (1960); Watson, Alan, 'Contrectatio as an essential of Furtum', in Law Quaterly Review, 77 (1961); Thomas, J. A. C., 'Contrectatio, complicity and furtum', in IVRA, 13 (1962); Watson, Alan, 'Contrectatio again', in Studia et Documenta Historiae et Iuris, 28 (1962); Jolowicz, A., Digest XLVII. 2: De Furtis (Great Britain: CUP, 1940); Halévy, Elie The Era of Tyrannies: Essays on Socialism and War (Allen Lane, 1967); and Shonfield, Andrew, Modern Capitalism: The Changing Balance of Public and Private Power (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1965).

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Catalogued by Aline Brodin in December 2018, using a handlist provided by the donor.

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