Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854

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Peter Buchan (1790-1854) was a Scottish ballad collector, historian, printer, and publisher. He was born in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, the only son of Janet and Peter Buchan. As a young man he embarked on a number of walking tours of northeast Scotland, collecting a great number of songs and ballads. In 1816 he set-up the first printing shop in Peterhead . He is best known as one of the most important early collectors of folk-songs and folk-tales in Scotland. Two resulting publications from his ballad work were: Gleanings of Scotch, English, and Irish, scarce old ballads (1825) and Ancient ballads and songs of the north of Scotland (2v, 1828).

From the description of Collection, 1823-1900. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 79390405

Peter Buchan (1790-1854) was a Scottish ballad collector, historian, printer, and publisher. He was born in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, the only son of Janet and Peter Buchan. As a young man he embarked on a number of walking tours of northeast Scotland, collecting a great number of songs and ballads. In 1816 he set-up the first printing shop in Peterhead . He is best known as one of the most important early collectors of folk-songs and folk-tales in Scotland. Two resulting publications from his ballad work were: Gleanings of Scotch, English, and Irish, scarce old ballads (1825) and Ancient ballads and songs of the north of Scotland (2v, 1828).

The transcript in this collection was produced for American philologist and Harvard professor, Francis James Child, for his research for: English and Scottish popular ballads (1882-1898). One-third of the primary 'A' texts in Child's classic Ballads were collected in Aberdeenshire, of which thirty-seven came from Buchan.

From the guide to the Collection, 1823-1900., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

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creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1828 Jan. 17, No. 9 Guestrow, Aberdeen, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge Street, Edinburgh / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1820 Apr. 4, Peterhead, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge Street, Edinburgh / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
referencedIn Pratt, John Burnett, 1799-1869. [Ballads and poems], [mid 19th century]. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1837 Nov. 1, 12 Canal Street, Aberdeen, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge, Edinburgh / Peter Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1828 Feb. 28, Peterhead, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge Street, Edinburgh / Peter Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1820 Apr. 22, Peterhd. [Peterhead] to David Laing, Edinburgh / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1820 Nov. 17, Peterhead, to David Laing, Edinburgh / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1850 Apr. 23, Buchanstown, Dennyloanhead, to David Laing, Signet Library, Edinburgh / Peter Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1835 Mar. 19, Canal Street, Aberdeen, to David Laing, Edin. / Peter Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1832 Oct. 30, Canal Street, Aberdeen, to David Laing / Peter Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1818 Mar. 18, Peterhead, to David Laing / Peter Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1828 July 26, Peterhead, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge Street, Edinburgh / Peter Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
referencedIn Motherwell, William, 1797-1835. Letter: 1828 Oct. 10, Paisley, to David Laing, Edin. / W. Motherwell. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1825 Feb. 12, Peterhead, to David Laing / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1821 June 9, Peterhead, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge Street, Edinburgh / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1823 Apr. 3, Peterhead, to David Laing, Edinburgh / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1840 Feb. 5, 14 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, to David Laing, W. S. Library [Signet Library] Edinburgh / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1819 May 20, Printing Office, Peterhd. [Peterhead] to David Laing, Edin. / Peter Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1820 Dec. 3, Peterhead, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge Street, Edinburgh / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
referencedIn Child, Francis James, 1825-1896. English and Scottish popular ballad research materials, 1849-1914. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Motherwell, William, 1797-1835. Letter to Peter Buchan. Glasgow, Scotland. 1830 Aug. 18. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1832 Nov. 26, Canal Street, Aberdeen, to David Laing, Edin. / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1825 May 5, Peterhead, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge, Edinburgh / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1824 Feb. 14, Peterhead, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge Street, Edinburgh / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1821 Feb. 2, Peterhead, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge, Edinburgh / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
referencedIn Mackenzie, Henry, 1745-1831. Letter: 1821 Sept. 3, Heriot Row [Edinburgh] to David Laing / [Henry Mackenzie]. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1829 Feb. 4, Peterhead, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge Street, Edinburgh / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1828 Aug. 26, Aberdeen, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge Street, Edinburgh / P. B. [Peter Buchan]. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1827 Nov. 20, Peterhead, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge Street, Edinburgh / Peter Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
referencedIn Papers of and relating to Peter Buchan (1790 - 1854), and his family, 1811 - 1915 University of Aberdeen
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Collection, 1823-1900. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1837 Apr. 12, Aberdeen, to David Laing, Edin. / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1839 Aug. 2, 14 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, to David Laing, W. S. Library [Signet Library] Edinburgh / Peter Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1828 June 18, Aberdeen, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge Street, Edinburgh / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1821 Oct. 3, Peterhead, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge Street, Edinburgh / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1829 Oct. 18, Peterhead, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge Street, Edinburgh / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1822 Oct. 4, No. 22 Brook Street, New Road, London, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge Street, Edinburgh / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter to Archibald Fullerton. Aberdeen, Scotland. 1834 Dec. 2. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1832 Sept. 16, Canal Street, Aberdeen, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge Street, Edin. / Peter Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1820 Mar. 25, Printing Office, Peterhd. [Peterhead] to David Laing, Edinburgh / Peter Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1823 Dec. 30, Peterhead, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge Street, Edinburgh / Peter Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1823 Aug. 21, Peterhead, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge Street, Edin. / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Collection, 1823-1900. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1837 Mar. 2, Canal Street, Aberdeen, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge, Edinburgh / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
referencedIn Buchan, Patrick, fl. 1820-1873. Letter: 1873 Jan. 7, 112 Cheetham Hill, Manchester, to David Laing / Patrick Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Agassiz, Alexander, 1835-1910,. American and English literary and historical papers collected by Atcheson L. Hench [manuscript] 1300-1926. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1821 Feb. 27, Peterhead, to David Laing / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1820 Nov. 1, Peterhead, to David Laing, Edinburgh / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Motherwell, William, 1797-1835,. Ballads, many of them obtained by W[illia]m Motherwell directly from recitation : a considerable number from Peter Buchan : manuscript, 1874. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1837 Mar. 28, Aberdeen, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge, Edinburgh / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1837 June 26, 12 Canal Street, Aberdeen, to David Laing, W.S. [Signet Library] Edinburgh / Peter Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1823 June 10, Peterhead, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge Street, Edinburgh / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1843 Oct. 11, 30 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, to David Laing, Edin. / Peter Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Buchan, Peter, 1790-1854. Letter: 1827 Jan. 22, Peterhead, to David Laing, 49 South Bridge Street, Edinburgh / P. Buchan. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
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associatedWith Aberdeen Public Library corporateBody
associatedWith Arthur Mitchell. person
associatedWith Bannatyne Club (Edinburgh, Scotland) corporateBody
associatedWith Blackwood, John, 1818-1879. person
associatedWith Buchan, Charles Forbes, 1817-1875. person
associatedWith Buchan, Patrick, fl. 1820-1873. person
associatedWith Burns, Robert, 1759-1796. person
associatedWith Cameron, James. person
associatedWith Cameron, James. person
associatedWith Charles Edward, Prince, grandson of James II, King of England, 1720-1788. person
associatedWith Child, Francis James, 1825-1896. person
associatedWith F. Naylor person
associatedWith Forbes, William, Sir, 1739-1806. person
associatedWith Fullerton, Archibald, person
associatedWith General Register Office for Scotland. corporateBody
associatedWith Gordon, William person
associatedWith Hogg, James, 1770-1835. person
associatedWith Irving, David, 1778-1860. person
associatedWith Jamieson, Robert, 1780?-1844. person
associatedWith John Rankine person
associatedWith Justin Winsor person
associatedWith Klaus Roth. person
associatedWith Lachington person
associatedWith Laing, Alexander person
associatedWith Mackenzie, Henry, 1745-1831. person
associatedWith Mathew, Thomas. person
associatedWith Metcalfe, Henry, fl. 1842. person
correspondedWith Motherwell, William person
associatedWith Motherwell, William, 1797-1835. person
associatedWith Peter Buchan, 1790-1854 person
associatedWith Pratt, John Burnett, 1799-1869. person
associatedWith Ramsay, Allan, 1686-1758. person
associatedWith Richardson, John, fl. 1828. person
associatedWith Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832. person
associatedWith Sharpe, Charles Kirkpatrick, 1781?-1851. person
associatedWith Signet Library (Great Britain) corporateBody
associatedWith Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. corporateBody
associatedWith Walker, William, 1840-1931, person
associatedWith William Walker person
associatedWith William Walker, 1840-1931 person
associatedWith Wilson, John, 1785-1854. person
associatedWith Winsor, Justin, 1831-1897, person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Great Britain
Great Britain
Great Britain
Great Britain
Scotland
Peterhead (Aberdeenshire)
Great Britain
Peterhead (Aberdeenshire)
Great Britain
Great Britain
Scotland
Peterhead (Aberdeenshire)
Great Britain
Texts
London (England)
Subject
Printing
Manuscripts
witchcraft
Ballads, English--Texts
Ballads, Scots
Librarians--Employment
Oral tradition
Library catalogs
Folk songs, Scots
Employment
Scottish poetry
Booksellers and bookselling
Occupation
Function

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Birth 1790

Death 1854-09-19

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