Books and Borrowing 1750-1830

Month: July 2021

Beatrix Potter at Innerpeffray Library

First posted on the Library of Innerpeffray’s blog and cross-posted here by kind permission of the Keeper of Books Beatrix Potter at Innerpeffray Library As it is the 155th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth on 28 July 2021, we are celebrating by exploring some of the links between Beatrix Potter and the Library of Innerpeffray. […]

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In Memoriam William St Clair

The Books and Borrowing team were all saddened to hear of the recent death of William St Clair. In what follows, three of us reflect on his enduring legacy. Matthew Sangster writes: I have a very clear memory of first reading The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period on a train in the Scottish Highlands. […]

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Robert Chambers’ Circulating Library Borrowing Register, 1828-1829

The Chambers Library Borrowing Register: A Unique Manuscript A surviving borrowing register for Robert Chambers’ circulating library, which operated in Edinburgh in the 1820s, records book loans from 1828-1829 (NLS, Dep. 341/413). The Books and Borrowing project is working with the National Library of Scotland to conserve and digitise this unique manuscript that K. A. […]

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David Brichan: The Borrowings of a St Andrews University Student

As a student, I admit the thought of undertaking cutting-edge research with the ‘Books and Borrowing’ Project was at first daunting. Funded by a Carnegie Trust Vacation Scholarship, my project concerns itself with the French Revolution and its effects, if it had any, on the reading practices of St. Andrews University students and the wider […]

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