Jacobite Collection


Jacobite Collection


1688 to approximately 1923


The University of Guelph Library purchased a collection of Jacobite materials for the Scottish Studies Collection in 1975 with a grant from the Macdonald Stewart Foundation of Montreal. Today, the collection includes over 450 Jacobite and anti-Jacobite works including Jacobite histories, biographies, fictional accounts, speeches, sermons, polemics, satires, chapbooks, broadsides, letters, manuscript materials, and artefacts.

The Jacobite period spanned a number of important political, religious, and economic events in Scotland. Separate from the Jacobite Collection Archival & Special Collections also holds related complementary materials such as Scottish chapbooks containing Jacobite songs, ballads, and poetry popular in the 19th century, and materials related to other contemporary political, religious, and socio-economic events including the Darien colony scheme in 1698-99, and the Act of Union with England in 1707.

The provenance of the materials varies but bookplates represented in the collection include those of Sir Ian Zachary Malcolm, the 17th Laird of Poltalloch, a member of Parliament, and Chieftain of Clan Malcolm/MacCallum; Duncan MacNeill, the 1st Baron Colonsay; book collectors Alasdair Campbell of Kilmartin (d. 1901) and John Whitefoord Mackenzie; and the Scottish-American industrialist, Andrew Carnegie, among others.

Digitization of the Jacobite Collection began early in 2022 and has been made possible with support from Kevin James, Scottish Studies Foundation Chair & Professor of History, and Curtis Sassur, Head, Archival & Special Collections.


Ashley Shifflett McBrayne, Special Collections Librarian (Acting) - Project Lead
Graham Burt, Archival & Special Collections Associate
Gavin Hughes, M.A. Student, History
Andrew Northey, M.A. Student, History
Wilda Thumm, M.A. Student, History
Bev Buckie, Archival & Special Collections Associate
Lara Carleton, Archival & Special Collections Clerk
Gillian Manford, Archival & Special Collections Clerk
Adam Doan, Systems Architect and Developer
Ali Versluis, Head, Research & Scholarship (Acting)

Items in the Jacobite Collection Collection

Official catalogue of exhibits : Highland & Jacobite Exhibition, Inverness, 1903 : Free Library and Science & Art Building, Inverness : open from 14th July to 26th September, 1903
Number 9 of 12 presentation copies with red plaid cloth on boards.

Inscription on front free endpaper: "This forms No. 9 of Twelve special copies of the Catalogue of the Highland and Jacobite Exhibition, Inverness 1903, and is presented to…
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