The papers include: valedictory address by Robert Louis Stevenson to the Speculative Society, 1873; drawing of David Masson, drawn by William Hole; illustrations of the Men's Union building, and the Old Quad; notes on lectures of Henry Calderwood taken by Dickson; notes on Professor Masson's lectures, 1880; two letters to Dickson from John Ruskin, Honorary President of the Associated Societies of the University of Edinburgh, 1883; two letters and copy letters to Dickson from Robert Browning, Honorary President of the Associated Societies of the University of Edinburgh, 1885-1887; letter to Dickson from S.R. Crockett, Penicuik, 1895; bibliography compiled by Dickson, 1880-1934; and, two photographs of Dickson.
Papers of William Kirk Dickson (1860-1949)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
William Kirk Dickon was born in Edinburgh on 24 November 1860. He was educated at Merchiston Castle School which he left in 1875. He studied at Edinburgh University where he obtained an MA in 1880. Dickson became an Advocate in 1887 and he was Keeper of the Advocates' Library 1905. He became the first Librarian of the National Library of Scotland, 1925-1931. He was awarded an Honorary LL.D. from St. Andrews University in 1912. His publications include The life of Major-General Sir Robert Murdoch Smith (1901), The Jacobite attempt of 1719 which he edited for the Scottish History Society, 1895, Historical geography of the clans of Scotland (1899), The surrender of Napoleon (1904), and The Register of the Great Seal of Scotland under the Commonwealth (1904) of which he was the joint editor. Dickson was appointed Rhind Lecturer for 1914, and lectured on The development of writing and printing in Western Europe. William Kirk Dickson died 14 July 1949.
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Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.
Material purchased Myers, January 1978, Accession no. E78.1.
The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Who was who 1941-1950. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1952.
Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.
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