John Clerk, Journal of An eight days Tour to the west country, 1779

Scope and Content

John Clerk, Journal of An eight days Tour to the west country.

The journey started from Edinburgh on 20 August 1779, proceeding via Queensferry, Torryburn [Fife], Culross [Fife], Alloa [Clackmananshire], Clackmannan, Doune [Perthshire], Callander [Perthshire], Lochearnhead [Perthshire], Comrie [Perthshire], Crieff [Perthshire], Rumbling Bridge [Perthshire], and Dunfermline [Fife] and Burntisland ferry [Fife] to Edinburgh. Index to route at front. Numerous brief verses, social observations and anecdotes.Signature of John Clerk on front endpaper.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sale catalogue details (pasted to front endpaper) state that the manuscript is that of John Clerk, Lord Eldin (1757-1832), a very successful lawyer who made his name in the trial of Deacon Brodie, eventually becoming a judge under the title of Lord Eldin. He was the son of John Clerk of Eldin (1728-1812) a Scottish artist, author and Parliamentarian, famous for his improvements in naval tactics.


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Acquisition Information

Purchased from Richard Cameron for 12s.6d, 1879.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Binding: quarter calf and worn marbled boards. Paper: 10.2x16.1cm

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database

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