The Bannatyne Manuscript and its legacy

A symposium

Edinburgh, late 1568: lockdown. Stuck at home for three months because of the Plague, 23-year-old merchant’s son George Bannatyne uses the time to put together an astonishing manuscript anthology of some 400 poems, preserving the Scottish literary inheritance of the preceding century in a document that would be an inspiration and a resource for generations to come. Join us for four papers looking at the nature and influence of this remarkable collection.

Friday, 17 November


The Project Room, 50 George Square

University of Edinburgh


Theo Van Heijnsbergen (University of Glasgow): ‘A manuscript in search of a legacy: The Bannatyne MS and its earliest readers.’

Lucy Hinnie (IASH): ‘The Bannatyne MS through a Feminist lens.’

Robert Irvine (University of Edinburgh): ‘What Robert Burns does with the Christis Kirk stanza.’

Elizabeth Elliott (University of Aberdeen): ‘Collecting Identities: The Bannatyne Manuscript and its legacy.’