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

James Boswell; Edited by Nellie Pottle Hankins and John Strawhorn

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January 11, 1999
336 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300076813
Cloth

Copublished with Edinburgh University Press

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.

"A goldmine of original material on late 18th-century rural Scottish society, economy, and agricultural history."—Virginia Quarterly Review

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