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'Antiquities and Topography of Nithsdale' by Robert Riddell

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'Antiquities and Topography of Nithsdale' by Robert Riddell
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Extent and format
ff. vii + 151.
Leather binding, blue, gilt-tooled (with the arms of Riddell of Glenriddell; see also fol. iv verso), edges gilt. Armorial bookplate of Riddell, with motto 'Inimica tyrannis', fol. i.
Scope and content
'Antiquities and Topography of Nithsdale' (fol. v). Collections made by Robert Riddell of Friars Carse, Dumfriesshire, FSA (see his preface, fol. vi verso).

A finely executed collection beginning with 'A Tour in Nithsdale 1787' (fol. 1). Many w/cols or wash drawings of antiquities, including finds, and (fols. 143v-4) a signed autograph poem of Robert Burns, 21 June 1792, beg. 'Thou whom chance may hither lead' (see M. Smith, Index of English Literary Manuscripts, III, Part 1 (1986), 189, where several autograph copies are listed, not including the present one; the Glenriddell MS, National Library of Scotland, MSS 86-7, contains copies and autographs of poems by Burns selected for Robert Riddell, ibid., 96).

The manuscript is mentioned in Riddell's obituary in the Gent. Mag. (1794, pt. 1), 481. For Nithsdale see also F. Grose, The Antiquities of Scotland, I (1789), 146-68.
Riddell, Robert (d 1794), antiquary and composer
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Archival history
Several communications by Robert Riddell were published in Archaeologia, 9 (1789)-11 (1794). Extracts from the present collection were read to SA, 13 Feb.-5 June 1794 (Minute Book XXV, pp. 82-6, 126-9, 136-7, 141-4, 156, 162-3, 167-70, 191).