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Collection Level Description: Fair copy by Robert Anderson of his Cumberland ballads

Reference: MSS. Eng. poet. e. 172-3
Title: Fair copy by Robert Anderson of his Cumberland ballads
Dates of Creation: 1823
Extent: 2 shelfmarks
Physical Description: Bound by C. Thurnham, Carlisle, in half calf, marbled boards

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Robert Anderson (1770-1833) was a Cumbrian poet. See the Dictionary of National Biography for further information.

Scope and Content

Fair copy by Robert Anderson of his Cumberland ballads, dedicated to P.H. Howard of Corby Castle, 1823. The second volume includes a glossary of the Cumbrian dialect; tunes by Anderson for Cumberland ballads; and songs by Susanna Blamire (dedicated to P.H. Howard) copied out by Anderson.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, H.T. Jantzen, cat. 71 (1967), 27.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. II, nos. 46505-6.

Publication Note

See Anderson's Cumberland ballads and songs ed. T. Ellwood (Ulverston, 1904).

Access Points

English language | Dialects | England | Cumberland

Ballads, English | England | Cumberland

Anderson | Robert | 1770-1833 | antiquary

Blamire | Susanna | 1747-1794 | poet

Cumberland, England | poetry

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