GB 231 MS 2304 This small collection contains 15 papers relating to Thom's life and works, apparently assembled and bound into a single volume by William Walker, c 1888. Relating principally to the claim made by James Bruce, of Sutherland, c 1888, that he had provided editorial assistance to William Thom in 1843, by editing poems for publication, and by revising biographical matter included in Rhymes and Recollections of a Handloom Weaver (1844), it includes autobiographical details of the said James Bruce; correspondence between him and the editor of the Aberdeen Free Press; and notes by William Walker disputing his claim. James Bruce, graduated from King's College, Aberdeen, MA 1827, and was a member of the Arts class of 1823 - 1827, but nothing further regarding his career has been found outside his own autobiographical notes, transcribed by William Walker in GB 231 MS 2304/ 7 - 10.
In addition to the James Bruce material there is also a pamphlet printed in 1841 by, or for, J.A. Gordon of Knockspock, containing biographical details, poems and correspondence of William Thom; a photograph of William Thom and Jean Stephen's daughters, Rosie and Marion, n.d.; the manuscript of a poem by Thom, The Hameless Ha, which may have been set to music by a Mr Stevenson, n.d.; and copies of the 4 disputed newspaper articles printed in the Aberdeen Weekly Journal, giving extracts from hitherto unpublished manuscript relating to William Thom, Jul - Aug 1899 (see Administrative History).
GB 231 MS 2497 A small collection of newspaper cuttings relating to the life and works of William Thom, 1880 - 1939, with some correspondence and memoranda of his grand-daughter, Miss Dora Scott, regarding the location of his papers, 1921 and 1963.
GB 231 MS 3089 Letter from William Thom, of Inverurie, to D. Robertson, of Glasgow, enclosing poem, 1 Dec 1842