‘A Handful of Ghosts’ – ghost stories from the University Librarian
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by skr23
4M ago
In October 1942, the University Librarian George H Bushnell, amused the University Celtic Society with a ghost story which, according to the society minutes, was ‘enjoyed by all, the room being quiet enough to hear a mouse squeak.’ A few years later, in 1945, Bushnell published these stories as ‘A handful of Ghosts’, his only ..read more
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Finding Phillis: The First African American Author
University of St Andrews » Rare Book Collection
by skr23
5M ago
 This year is the 250th anniversary of Phillis Wheatley’s work Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, the first volume published by an African American woman in English. Despite racial prejudice, Phillis’s book was a significant testament to the genius of her poetry. Her works were a proof of her own understanding of her ..read more
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Preparing ‘The Ricardian’ for access – review of a conservation volunteering placement
University of St Andrews » Rare Book Collection
by skr23
5M ago
A blog post by Elizabeth Hayslett, volunteer in University Collections. The history of the University of St Andrews spans over 600 years, and St Andrews University Collections holds and cares for much of the university’s legacy, from the foundation charters to professors’ papers. This year, I got the opportunity to contribute to the preservation of ..read more
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Fifth International Congress of the John Gower Society
University of St Andrews » Rare Book Collection
by skr23
7M ago
On the 8th July 2023, the University Libraries and Museums hosted an exhibit for the Fifth International Congress of the John Gower Society. We displayed 16 manuscript and printed items relating to the papers being delivered at the conference. The lively conversations held in Martyrs Kirk Research Library on that sunny Saturday were a true ..read more
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More books in the Library
University of St Andrews » Rare Book Collection
by skr23
10M ago
Can’t find the book you want in the library? You can request it through the more books service. Many students and members of staff have found this service useful. Take a look at the Main Library blog to read more about it. In this blog, we look at the history of requesting books in the ..read more
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Robert Burns Night
University of St Andrews » Rare Book Collection
by skr23
1y ago
People in Scotland, and all around the world, will be cutting into a haggis today or lifting a wee dram to the memory of Robert Burns, our national poet.  Like many Scottish libraries, St Andrews has many editions of Burns’s works. One of the more curious items is the 1787 2nd Edinburgh edition of Poems, chiefly in the ..read more
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The Yule Days – Day 13 – ‘Three stalks o’ merry corn’
University of St Andrews » Rare Book Collection
by skr23
1y ago
The king sent his lady on the thirteenth Yule day, Three stalks o’ merry corn, three maids a-merry dancing, Three hinds a-merry hunting, an Arabian baboon, Three swans a-merry swimming, Three ducks a-merry laying, a bull that was brown, Three goldspinks, three starlings, A goose that was gray, Three plovers, three partridges, a papingo-aye; Wha ..read more
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The Yule Days – Day 11 – ‘Three hinds a-merry hunting’
University of St Andrews » Rare Book Collection
by skr23
1y ago
The king sent his lady on the eleventh Yule day, Three hinds a-merry hunting, an Arabian baboon, Three swans a-merry swimming, Three ducks a-merry laying, a bull that was brown, Three goldspinks, three starlings, A goose that was gray, Three plovers, three partridges, a papingo-aye; Wha learns my carol and carries it away?    Sebastian ..read more
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The Yule Days – Day 9 – ‘Three swans a-merry swimming’
University of St Andrews » Rare Book Collection
by skr23
1y ago
The king sent his lady on the ninth Yule day, Three swans a-merry swimming, Three ducks a-merry laying, a bull that was brown, Three goldspinks, three starlings, A goose that was gray, Three plovers, three partridges, a papingo-aye; Wha learns my carol and carries it away?  Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707-1788) was a French ..read more
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The Yule Days – Day 8 – ‘Three ducks a-merry laying’
University of St Andrews » Rare Book Collection
by skr23
1y ago
The king sent his lady on the eighth Yule day, Three ducks a-merry laying, a bull that was brown, Three goldspinks, three starlings, A goose that was gray, Three plovers, three partridges, a papingo-aye; Wha learns my carol and carries it away?  John Guille Millais (1865-1913) was a British artist. He was born in Perth ..read more
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