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Symbolae Scoticae

 Fonds
Identifier: Coll-10

Scope and Contents

The Symbolae Scoticae [= ‘Scottish contributions’] is a set of eight purpose-bound scrapbooks containing more than 2000 items relating to Scottish history, geography and culture.
The bulk of this material consists of 18th and early 19th century prints illustrating Scottish topography and antiquities; but the collection also includes original historical documents, printed maps, portrait engravings, newspaper and magazine clippings, two calotypes, and original drawings and watercolours.
The volumes are divided geographically and cover:
  1. Edinburgh;
  2. Midlothian, East Lothian, West Lothian;
  3. Peebles, Selkirk, Roxburgh, Berwick, [including material relating to Sir Walter Scott];
  4. Perth, Forfar, Dundee;
  5. Arran, Bute, Ayr, Wigton, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries [including material on Robert Burns];
  6. Stirling, Lanark (Glasgow), Renfrew, Dunbarton;
  7. Aberdeen, Angus, Elgin, Banff, Inverness, Argyle;
  8. Ross, Sutherland, Caithness, Orkney, Shetland, the Hebrides.

Dates

  • circa 1850 (spine-dated 1849)

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open.

Biographical / Historical

The Symbolae Scoticae was compiled by the naturalist Adam White (b. Edinburgh,1817, d. Glasgow, 1878) from material collected largely in the 1840s, when White was employed as an assistant in the Department of Natural History at the British Museum in London. The frequent interspersed blank pages in the albums indicate White’s intention at some point to add further items to the collection.
The intention of ‘my collection of scraps’ was, as White put it, ‘to illustrate Scottish scenery, Scottish men, manners and works’ [Letter 11 September 1843, to David Laing: CRC La.IV.17, 10057-58].
The original drawings contained in the Symbolae include architectural and topographic sketches made by White on return visits to Scotland.

Extent

8 volumes.

Physical Location

Dh.6.63-70

Previous references

Dh.6.63-70

Processing Information

Descriptions of the fonds and of the albums created by Wilson Smith in October 2019 and August 2020.
Title
Symbolae Scoticae, c 1850
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Centre for Research Collections
University of Edinburgh Main Library
George Square
Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland
+44(0)131 650 8379