The collection is composed of: four bundles of poems, each simply bound, with titles Conflict, Earth, Quest, and Epigrams; 4 separate signed poems; 1 letter to William Morrison, editor of The Scots Observer submitting the typescript of some poems, 1934; and, six news cuttings giving a background to his life and poetry.
Collection of Poems by William Soutar (1898-1943)
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- ReferenceGB 237 Coll-796
- Dates of Creation1923-1943
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical Description1 bound file (with 4 bundles, 4 signed poems, 1 letter, newspaper cuttings). Access to records in a fragile condition may be restricted.
- LocationGen 2005
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Administrative / Biographical History
William Soutar was born on 28 April 1898. He was the son of John Soutar, a Perth joiner and contractor. He was educated at the Southern District School and at Perth Academy. From 1916 he served in the navy and was demobilised in 1919. Soutar then went to Edinburgh University and graduated in 1923 and it was during this period that his poetry emerged, his first collection being Gleanings by an undergraduate (1923). Soutar 'invented' the 'whigmaleerie', a poetical 'whim, a fantastical notion'. He was crippled during his life with spondylitis and was bedridden by 1930. William Soutar died of tubercolosis in Perth on 15 October 1943.
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Material purchased from Updike, 1976, Accession no. E76.33.
The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material contained in the collection and with: (1) Keay, John. and Keay, Julia (eds.). Collins encyclopaedia of Scotland. London: Harper Collins, 1994.
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.