Literary manuscripts of George Borrow, with related material

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  • Reference
      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS 19c Borrow
  • Dates of Creation
      ca. 1840-1913
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      2 envelopes containing unbound manuscript (in 1 box), 4 folders containing manuscript poems, and 3 bound vols containing printed and manuscript poetry

Scope and Content

Envelope 1: Untitled MS folktale, beginning "Sigmund son of Volsun"; Envelope 2: MS folktale, "The pisgey and midwife"; Folder 1: MS poem, "Grasach Abo, or, the cause of grace"; Folder 2: MS poem, "Song of truth"; Folder 3: MS poem, "Tord of Harborough"; Folder 4: MS poem, "The song of Deborah"; Three bound vols, printed London, 1913, for private circulation, containing: 1: "King Hacon's death, and, Bran and the black dog, two ballads, with original manuscripts"; 2: "Grimhild's vengeance, three ballads, with original manuscripts"; 3: "Mollie Charane and other ballads, with original manuscripts of five of the ballads".

Administrative / Biographical History

George Henry Borrow (1803-1881) was an author and traveller. For details of his life and work see the Dictionary of National Biography

Access Information

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

Partly from the library of Lord Brotherton. Subsequent purchases partly from Quaritch, June and September 1956, and partly from Maggs, November 1956.


In English