National Library of Scotland: Library’s gift to the world to mark Britannica’s 250th anniversary. “The National Library of Scotland has published online a rare first edition of ‘Encyclopaedia Britannica’ to mark its 250th anniversary. ‘Britannica’ was conceived, compiled, printed and published entirely in Edinburgh, and on 10 December 1768, the first pages were published.”
National Library of Scotland: 100 years of Scottish photography secured for the nation. “an exceptional collection of historic photographs that captures a century of life in Scotland is to be shared with the public following a special collaboration between the National Library of Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland. More than 14,000 images — dating from the earliest days of photography (1840s) through to the 1940s — have been jointly acquired with support from the Scottish Government, the National Lottery and the Art Fund.” There are plans to digitize and put the collection online over the next three years.
A new site from the National Library of Scotland provides information on the Scots language. “The Wee Windaes website … is based on a careful selection of Scots language material from the countless examples in the vast collections of the National Library. The oldest is a performance poem from the 1440s, The Buke of the Howlat, through to the 20th-century writings of novelist and playwright Jessie Kesson. Examples of contemporary writing will be added as the site develops further.”
Doing genealogy? Doing Scottish genealogy? You may find this new collection of family histories helpful. “On Friday, the NLS announced the latest additions to their digital library, this time of nearly 400 printed items relating to the histories of Scottish families – so right up our street! The individual books can be read online or downloaded to read offline. You can even search the text of the books for particular words.” There’s a big list of names on the post.