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A 19th Century Grammar School Boy's Reading

I was recently asked to reflect on evidence from the extensive borrowers' record at Leighton Library in Dunblane by Jill Dye. Jill's 'Leighton Library Borrowers' project gives an impressive insight into the reading habits of a wide range of society in nineteenth-century Dunblane and the surrounding area.

The Borrowing Habits of a 19th Century School Boy

My blog post focused on the borrowing habits of one young reader, 'D Munro', who also attended the grammar school in Stirling. The blog post can be read here and the records here provide a fruitful point of comparison to the study of other young borrowers in my PhD thesis. The full transcription of Munro's borrowing can be found here.


The Leighton Library records are held at the University of Stirling's Archives and Jill's project was funded by the Scottish Graduate School of the Arts and Humanities Scottish Universities Research Collections Association Scheme 2016.

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