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Bound manuscript entitled "A Collection of choice Songs English and Scots In Two Parts", compiled by John Robinson

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Identifier: Coll-2081

Content Description

This is a bound collection of Scottish and English popular songs and ballads assembled and transcribed by John Robinson, an alumnus of Appleby Grammar School, who later served as Member of Parliament for Westmoreland.

The volume is divided in two parts: part one, "Chiefly English", starts on p. 1, and ends on p. 74. The very first poem, entitled "Dedication", is taken from Scottish bookseller-poet Allan Ramsay's Tea-table miscellany: or, a collection of Scots sangs. There is an alphabetical index on pp. 73-74.

The second part starts on p. 75 until the penultimate page of the books (p. 167), and is entitled "The 2o Part consisting chiefly of Scot's [sic] sangs and Also a Collection of Fables, Epigrams &c. with An Index to each of them". The alphabetical index is on pp. 166-167.

The final page (p. 168) is a somewhat incongruous addition, entitled "The Names and the Shires or Counties in England & Wales with the numbers each sends to parliament", which points to the identity of the volume's compiler.

Dates

  • Creation: 1765

Creator

Language of Materials

English and Scots

Physical Description

Quarto. Manuscript on paper. 168pp, the pagination continue throughout three parts. Contemporary sheep-backed marbled boards. Rubbed to extremities and surfaces, chipping at head of spine.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the repository in advance.

Extent

1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

Inscribed (in the same hand as the text) "Liber Johannis Robinson Scholae [deleted] Aballabensis Alumni" to front endpaper, with a further inscription (and pen trials) of "Robt. Robinson", and a twentieth-century note of purchase from a Twickenham bookshop.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in December 2022. Accession no. SC-Acc-2023-0023.

Physical Description

Quarto. Manuscript on paper. 168pp, the pagination continue throughout three parts. Contemporary sheep-backed marbled boards. Rubbed to extremities and surfaces, chipping at head of spine.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Aline Brodin and Paul Barnaby, using information supplied by the seller.

Title
Bound manuscript collection of English and Scots poems assembled by John Robinson, 1765
Author
Aline Brodin
Date
April 2023
Description rules
Isad(G)2
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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