St Andrew's Lecture Topic: The Hunt for Burns Manuscripts: Then and Now, Here and There -
On 27th November the Federation was privileged to secure the renowned Prof. Patrick Scott, who delivered the RBWF St Andrew's Day Lecture, by zoom.
[7:30 pm Scotland, 2:30 pm Eastern North America [through to 1: 30 pm, 12:30 pm and then 11:30 a.m. Pacific coast]
Topic: The Hunt for Burns Manuscripts: Then and Now, Here and There
Burnsians are often surprised to learn that there are Burns manuscripts in South Carolina. While the major collections are still in Scotland, the G. Ross Roy Collection is just part of a much bigger story about how Burns’s manuscripts have been dispersed, on both sides of the Atlantic. Patrick Scott will discuss some of the
collectors who have competed for them, how they have moved around ober the past two centuries, and how Burns researchers are tracking them down, even during lockdown for libraries. The talk takes examples from manuscripts in the Roy Collection and elsewhere, and reports on some recent discoveries and rediscoveries.
Patrick Scott, editor of Studies and Scottish Literature, was director of rare books, University of South Carolina Libraries, home of the G. Ross Roy Collection. In addition to regular articles in the Burns Chronicle, his publications include Robert Burns: A Documentary Volume (2018), The Kilmarnock Burns: A Census (co-authored, 2017), Robert Burns & Friends (co-edited with Kenneth Simpson, 2012), and Selected Essays on Robert Burns, by G. Ross Roy (co-edited 2018), and two Scottish Poetry Reprints A Bard Unkend: Selected Poems in the Scottish Dialect by Gavin Turnbull (2015), and The Prayer of Holy Willie (also 2015). Patrick is also a proud member of the Robert Burns World Federation.