"The Correspondence of James Boswell with James Bruce and Andrew Gibb, Overseers of the Auchinleck Estate" by James Boswell

The Correspondence of James Boswell with James Bruce and Andrew Gibb, Overseers of the Auchinleck Estate James Boswell, Nellie Pottle Hankins, John Strawhorn

Series:
Yale Editions of the Private Papers of James Boswell
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
11 Jan 1999
ISBN:
9780300076813
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
336 pages: 235 x 156mm

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The latest volume in the Boswell Research Edition contains James Boswell’s correspondence over many years with the overseers of his Auchinleck estate in Ayrshire. The letters and the wealth of primary material used to annotate them are a trove of information on the agrarian and social history of eighteenth-century Scotland.

The letters present Boswell in a light new to those who know him as a diarist, advocate, and biographer of Samuel Johnson. He appears here as one of the “gentlemen improvers” of largely agricultural southwestern Scotland on the brink of the Industrial Revolution. Accordingly, the volume offers an extensive case study of estate life and management during this important transitional period.


Nellie Pottle Hankins (1904-1988) held numerous teaching appointments during her life. John Strawhorn (1922 -1997) was author and editor of many books and articles on Ayrshire.