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Record 10002

Reading Experience:

[Transcription from a commonplace book]: Title = 'Epitaph on a tomb in Melrose Abbey'; text [4 lines] = 'The yerthe walketh on ye earthe glyttering lyke golde/ The yerthe goeth to ye yerthe sooner than it wolde/ The yerthe buildeth upon the yerthe castelles & towers/ the yerthe sayeth to the yerthe, all things are ours'
Century: 1800-1849, 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Jan 1810 and 31 Dec 1871
Country: n/a
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Magdalene Sharpe- Erskine
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 1787
Socio-economic group: Gentry
Occupation: Daughter of a Scottish land owning family
Religion: Anglican
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: n/a
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: Identity of reader is tentative


Text Being Read:

Author: Anon
Title: Epitaph on a tomb in Melrose Abbey
Genre: Other religious, Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Unknown
Publication details: A form of the text was published in The mirror of literature, amusement and instruction, v.X, no. 290, December 29, 1827
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 10002  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Magdelene Sharpe- Erskine
  Title: Recueil
  Location: Dunimarle Library at Duff House
  Call no: DH LIB 2024
  Page/folio: Item 9

Citation: Magdelene Sharpe- Erskine, Recueil Dunimarle Library at Duff House, p. DH LIB 2024, p. Item 9,, accessed: 04 July 2022

Additional comments:

A commonplace book containing 69 items, mainly in one hand. On the basis of writing style, nature of contents, dates of entries (1827-1871) and of the material selected (mainly poets from the late 18th to mid-19th century), and the watermark date (1810), the most likely identity of the main hand is Magdalene Sharpe-Erskine, the youngest child of the main generation who collected the Dunimarle Library. Fourteen of the items are exclusively or mainly prose, the rest are poetry. Most are in English. About half the items are given, by the complier, as anonymous and about a third have no title. In each case some 6 have been identified from other sources.



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