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Bicentenary of Sir Walter Scott’s ‘The Abbot’ TAGS: | | | This week marks the bicentenary of Sir Walter Scott’s twelfth novel The Abbot, published in Edinburgh on 2 September 1820 and in London two days later. Alone among the Waverley …Continue reading →

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Centenary of Hamish Henderson TAGS: Yesterday a plaque was unveiled at the School of Scottish Studies Archives celebrating the centenary of Hamish Henderson, who was born in Blairgowrie on 11 November 1919. As a songwriter, …Continue reading →

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‘Not a Varsity Bird’: William Soutar’s Student Years TAGS: 100 years ago this week, one of Scotland’s best-loved poets became a student of Edinburgh University. On 13 October 1919, the 21-year-old William Soutar added his name to the university’s …Continue reading →

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‘This Single Song of Two’: Centenary of the Marriage of Edwin and Willa Muir TAGS: | | 7 June 2019 marks the centenary of the marriage of Edwin and Willa Muir, one of Scottish literature’s great creative partnerships. Acclaimed in their own right as poet and novelist …Continue reading →

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Fifty Years of ‘An Orkney Tapestry’ TAGS: | | | | This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of two of George Mackay Brown’s landmark publications, An Orkney Tapestry and A Time to Keep. While Brown was already well established as a …Continue reading →

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Anniversary of Andrew Lang TAGS: | | | March 31 marks the 175th anniversary of the birth of one of Scotland’s most prolific and versatile writers, Andrew Lang (1844-1912). The author or co-author of 249 volumes, Lang worked …Continue reading →

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Plaque Unveiled to Edinburgh University’s First Nobel Prize Winner TAGS: | | Today, at the Hermitage of Braid, Principal Peter Mathieson will unveil a plaque commemorating Edinburgh University’s first Nobel Prize winner, physicist Charles Glover Barkla (1877–1944). Barkla is one of a …Continue reading →

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Sydney Goodsir Smith Stands for Rector TAGS: In 1951, students voting for a new Rector of Edinburgh University faced a choice between a quite extraordinary range of candidates. The election of actor Alistair Sym in 1948 had …Continue reading →

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Hugh MacDiarmid and Mary Poppins: An Unpublished Letter in EU Archives TAGS: | An unpublished letter from Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers to Hugh MacDiarmid in Edinburgh University’s C. M. Grieve Archive casts further light on the surprising relationship between the two …Continue reading →

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MacDiarmid in ‘Thistleonica’: A Poem from a Forgotten Front TAGS: | | The Papers of Andrew Graham Grieve (Gen. 2236) include a poem from a forgotten front of the First World War written by his older brother Christopher Murray Grieve, later to …Continue reading →

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