Elizabeth Melville


Ane Godlie Dreame (‘Upon ane day as I did mourne full soir’)

First published in Edinburgh, 1603.

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Copy, headed ‘A Godly Dream, compyled by Elizabeth Melvill, Lady Culross, Younger, at the request of a friend...1686’. Early 18th century.

In: A quarto volume comprising four tracts, 78 leaves.

National Library of Scotland, MS 2202, ff. 23r-72r.

A Sonnet sent To Blackness To Mr John Welsh By ye Lady Culross (‘My Dear Brother wt courage Bear ye crosse’)

First published in Early Metrical Tales, ed. David Laing (London, 1826). Kissing the Rod, ed. Germaine Greer et al. (New York, 1988), pp. 33-4. Sixteenth-Century British Non-Dramatic Works, ed. D. Richardson (London, 1996), p. 169.

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Copy in Wodrow's hand, dated on f. 10r ‘1605 or 1606’, copied on a blank page of a letter addressed to him, on two conjugate octavo leaves, dated 30 November 1715. 1715.

In: A quarto composite volume of verse and prose, in various largely secretary hands, one predominating, 269 leaves, in modern quarter-calf on marbled boards.

Among the working papers and collections of Robert Wodrow (1679-1734), ecclesiastical historian.

Edited from this MS by editors.

National Library of Scotland, MS Wod. Qu. XXIX, f. 11r.



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A quarto composite volume, comprising eleven autograph letters signed by Elizabeth Melville, in her small italic hand, on pages of various size, with address panels and traces of red wax seals, iii + 19 leaves, in 19th-century calf gilt. Written to the Presbyterian minister John Livingstone (8), to her son James (2) and to the Countess of Wigton (1). c.1625-31.

Inscribed (f. [iv]) ‘Chas: Kirkpatrick Sharpe’, with a title-page by him (f. [iir]) dated 1826, and inscribed by Laing (f. [iv]) ‘David Laing Novr 1851 / This Volume presented to me by Mrs Bedford, Sister to the late Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe Esqr’.

Edinburgh University Library, MS La. III. 347.