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MY INTEREST in Robert McLellan's work is a fairly recent one, dating as it does from shortly after my arrival in Scotland five years ago. Several pointers made me anxious to know more of his plays and other writings, not least an article by Miss Moira Burgess. I found, however, that an interest...
THE NOW DEFUNCT READING SOCIETIES of Leadhills and Wanlockhead made a valuable contribution to library history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but the libraries they amassed and the buildings they erected still exist, and their recent history, present state and possible future...
IT WAS QUITE AN EVENT when the Americans brought off that tremendous gamble in 1969 and succeeded in landing two men on the moon and bringing them safely back. It was even more of an event to find sciencefiction writers such as Ray Bradbury and Brian Aldiss brought specially on to TV programmes...
IN THE DAYS BEFORE TYPEWRITERS, stenographers, and taperecorders, when every word of a book was written by hand, revised by hand, and eventually printed from the handwritten manuscript, the industry required to produce such a history as that of Gibbon is remarkable. How much more remarkable the...
THE ART OR PRINTING was first introduced into Cumberland in 1735 when Thomas Cotton came to Whitehaven at the invitation of Sir James Lowther. Whitehaven was at that time an expanding town with a growing trade with Ireland and the colonies of Maryland and Virginia.
FOR ALL THEIR RENOWNED ZEAL I doubt whether many research workers in modern times have equalled the courage and tenacity, the singleminded purposefulness of Avicene, the noted Persian scholar, who braved all manner of dangers and defied the guardian spirits of the Red Mountain so that he might...
THE RELICS OF A WRITER, his manuscripts, typescripts and memorabilia, have no life of their own, but they give life they generate and resurrect. Too often they are abused, their products peddled to advance a thesis of no virtue, but this is the nature of things. Yet without them, properly...
THE EAST AFRICAN SCHOOL of Librarianship was the brainchild of S. W. Hockey, at one time Libraries Organiser in East Africa for the British Council. In 1960 Hockey submitted a report to the Governors of Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika, proposing the establishment of a joint librarianship school for...
GRIT AND FORTITUDE have long been associated with the Scottish character, but it is doubtful if any Scotsman ever won through to success after such a grim struggle, as did Robert Chambers who died a century ago on March 17th.
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