Poems of Frederic James (Deric Bolton) Bolton (1908-1993)

Scope and Content

The unsorted material is composed of: miscellaneous files with off-prints; manuscript and typescript material; material relating to Where two blades growand, one private library stamp for F. J. Bolton.

Administrative / Biographical History

The poet Frederic James (Deric Bolton) Bolton was born in Paisley in 1908. He was educated at Shewsbury and studied at Birkbeck College, London University. He was a research chemist as well as a poet, and worked as a Technical Director with the firm of J. F. Macfarlane and Co. Ltd., in Edinburgh, 1937 to 1962. Bolton was Convener of the Edinburgh Frontier Group, Vice-Chair of the Scottish Association for Speaking of Verse, 1970-1973, and Chair of the Edinburgh section of the Society of Chemical Industry, 1951 to 1953, and 1972 to 1974. His work includes A view from Benmore (1972), Glasgow Central Station (1972), The wild uncharted country: a scientific pilgrimage (1973), and Grown over with greenness (1976). Bolton has made excellent use of the scientific viewpoint in his poetry and My Uncle Eustace, maker of rings (published in Nature in 1977) was said to be likely the poem in English by a scientist about a scientist. Frederic James (Deric Bolton) Bolton died in 1993.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Material acquired from Professor Ian Campbell, Edinburgh University, September 1993, Accession no. E93.74.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Glen, Duncan. The poetry of the Scots. pp.99-100. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1991. (2) Wilson, Norman (ed.). Scottish writing and writers. p.75. Edinburgh: The Ramsay Head Press, 1977.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.