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Ref NoDD2878
Alt Ref NoTBR/BANFF/41, AS/Bbnf/41, DAA
Acc No2878
TitleBanff Literary Society Records
DescriptionDD2878/1 Banff Literary Society Minute Books 1810 - 1815
DD2878/2 Banff Literary Society Sederunt Books 1812 - 1819, 1825 - 1835
DD2878/3 Banff Literary Society Account Book 1818 - 1831
Date1810 - 1835
CreatorBanff Literary Society
Extent8 volumes
​Open or Restricted AccessOpen
Access ConditionsOpen for consultation at Old Aberdeen House, open Mon-Wed 9:30-12:30 and 13:30-16:30. It is advisable to make an appointment.
Administrative HistoryThe Literary Society was first founded by five students - Alexander Smith, Rev. Lewis W. Forbes, William Bartlet, James Robertson and James Ogilvie - in 1810. It received early patronage from James Duff, 4th Earl Fife. The Society operated a library and held lectures and discussions. The Society's Library and Reading Room were located in the Banff Town House, and in 1814 a newsroom was added. The Society was funded by donations and membership subscriptions. In 1846 the Society's library was opened to readers as well as members.
[Sources: Aberdeen Press and Journal, 20 October 1819 ; Banffshire Journal and General Advertiser, 23 January 1883]
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