Papers of Donald Grant Moir (1902-1986)

Scope and Content

The manuscript material is composed of files of research including: travel in medieval Scotland; travel pre-1600; royal pilgrimages; pilgrims and hospitals; 16th century travellers; roads; bridges; ferries; early maps; James VI visit; coaching and stage-coaches; turnpike roads; 17th and 18th century travellers; mountains; Wade and Highland roads; 19th century travellers; mail coaches; smacks and steamers; and, railways.

Administrative / Biographical History

Donald Grant Moir was born in 1902. He wrote Scottish hill tracks (1975) and Pentland walks: their literary and historical associations (1977) for Bartholomew, and he was the editor of The early maps of Scotland, to 1850 (1983) published by a Committee of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. He had also been interested in the history of travel and transport in Scotland, and had planned to publish an important work on the subject. Donald Grant Moir died in 1986.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Material received from Mrs. Moir, Edinburgh, and Dr. Owen Silver, St. Andrews, July 1987, Accession no. E87.76.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material contained in the collection.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Geographical Names