Special Collections and Newspapers

Portrait of George Macdonald

George MacDonald

Influential and innovative novelist and poet George MacDonald was born in Huntly, Aberdeenshire.

A substantial and important collection of his writings, the majority in manuscript and many showing significant differences from the published version, was gifted to the Huntly Library. The original manuscript items from the collection are located at Aberdeenshire Museums, Mintlaw, where they may be consulted by appointment.

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British Newspaper Archive

British Newspaper Archive offers an archive of digitised British and Irish newspapers from 1710 to 1955, including Aberdeen, Banffshire and Stonehaven Journals. You need to register in order to obtain free access. Access to British Newspaper Archive is only available in our libraries and not from home.

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Fraserburgh Herald Archive

The Fraserburgh Herald has been digitised and currently comprises editions from 1884 to 1920. This is a fully searchable resource.

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Portraits of Gavin Greig and James Duncan

Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection

The North East of Scotland has a rich ballad and folk song tradition and many of these songs mention specific areas, rivers, towns, villages and farms. Hundreds of these songs were gathered and transcribed by Gavin Greig and the Reverend James Bruce Duncan in the early years of the 20th century creating what is now known as the Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection.

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