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|Title: ||The Library of the Reverend James Nairn (1629-1678): Scholarly Book Collecting in Restoration Scotland|
|Authors: ||Simpson, Murray C T|
|Issue Date: ||1988|
|Abstract: ||This thesis investigates the library formed by a Scottish clergyman, James
Bairn (1629-1678), and bequeathed by him to Edinburgh University Library.
Comprising over nineteen hundred items in some eighteen hundred and forty
volumes, it was one of the largest Scottish libraries of the day,
and the variety of the contents, make it an important source for the
examination of the scholarly interests of Scots in the Restoration period.
Contemporary libraries formed by eight other Scottish clergymen are also
studied in detail, to give added depth. These eight are: Robert Leighton
(1611-1684), Bishop of Dunblane and Archbishop of Glasgow; Patrick
Scougal (1607?-1682), Bishop of Aberdeen, and his son Henry Scougal (1650-
1678) Professor of Divinity at King's College, Aberdeen; William Woore
(c.1640-1684), Archdeacon of St Andrews; Villiarn Annand (1633-1689) Dean
of Edinburgh; James Wemyss (c.1630-16961, Principal of St Leonard's
College, St Andrews; and two other parish ministers, Jams Lundie (c.1646-
1696) of Edinburgh and John Gray (1646-1717) of Aberlady. The
acquisitions of several other Scottish contemporary libraries, public and
private, are also discussed when apposite. An analysis of these libraries,subject by subject, with Bairn's library its corner-stone, comprises part
two of this thesis (chapters four to seven).
The first part begins with a chapter outlining the nature and extent
of the sources available for study and the various interrelated aims of
the thesis. Chapter two is a biography of James Nairn. Nairn exemplified important traits within the episcopal church in Scotland as well as being and Bishop of Salisbury. This chapter ends with an examination of the
an important influence on the young Gilbert Burnet, statesman, historian book purchasing power of Nairn and his clerical colleagues in theory and
practice, which serves as an introduction to chapter three, an
investigation of tastes and techniques in book collecting in later
seventeenth-century Scotland. Bairn's library is used here as a casestudy
to discover patterns in imprints and languages found in a later
seventeenth-century Scottish learned library. In cumulo, the contents of Bairn's library and those of his contemporaries cast new light on the intellectual preoccupations of Scots
in the highly important period immediately before the Enlightenaent.
and Bishop of Salisbury.|
|Keywords: ||English literature|
|Appears in Collections:||History and Classics PhD thesis collection|
Literatures, Languages, and Cultures PhD thesis collection
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