Catalogue of the Leighton Library, Dunblane

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Catalogue of books in the Leighton Library c. 1843, arranged alphabetically by title, giving date of publication and [? original] library shelf mark. The catalogue was compiled by a Miss Kennedy, whose connection with the Library has not been established.

A printed catalogue of the library was published in 1843 by Messers MacLachlan, Stewart and Co., Booksellers, Edinburgh. It is not known whether this record is a manuscript copy of that publication, or in any other way related. For further details see articles cited in administrative history section.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Leighton Library is one of the oldest private libraries in Scotland. It was built between 1684 and 1687 to hold the books of Robert Leighton, Bishop of Dunblane, 1660 - 71, and Archbishop of Glasgow, 1671 - 74. Between 1734 and the late nineteenth century it was run as a public subscription library. Falling user numbers at this time led to talk of closure, and saw the building and its contents fall badly into disrepair. During the 1950s and the 1980s funds were raised to restore the building, and in 1990 it was re-opened to the public.

Further details about the library are available from The Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts of Stirling University Library See also Gordon Willis, The Leighton Library, Dunblane: It's History and Contents in Bibliotheck , 10 (1980 - 1981) pp.139-157; Short notices: The Leighton Library, Dunblane, Catalogue of Manuscripts in Bibliotheck , 11 (1982 - 1983) pp. 73 - 74; and M.C.T. Simpson, Robert Leighton's Catalogue of His Own Library: A Note in Bibliotheck , 12 (1984 - 1985) pp. 91 - 92.


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