Diary of James Nasmyth, 1688-1704

Scope and Content

Diary of the religious experiences of James Nasmyth.

Scattered within the entries are various items of autobiographical information, details of family, and mention of profane plays in the Cannongate [Mid Lothian] neighbourhood [31 December 1692], and of shipping activity at Leith [Mid Lothian] harbour [9 July 1698].Written in various locations, mainly Edinburgh, Slipperfield, Dawick, Lintoun and St Leonards.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Nasmyth, writer in Edinburgh.


Single item

Access Information

By appointment with the Keeper of Manuscripts. Access to records containing confidential information may be restricted.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Dr John Lee in 1842.

Other Finding Aids

Individual Manuscripts and Small Collections database available as part of Manuscripts Database.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Binding: calf with embossed floral decoration.Paper: 9.8x15.5cm

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Keeper of Manuscripts. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.



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