Leeds Brotherton Lt 12

Title Miscellany Poems 1728
Archive Brotherton Library
Call Number Leeds Brotherton Lt 12
Complete Yes

George Scott, 1728–1779.

Consecutive hands (George Scott is the second hand) seemingly linked by a Miss Verney who becomes Mrs. Bowes, then a Miss Bowes in part two.

99 items.

The first section contains quite a few poems by women; the second half sees a shift to copying newspaper items, many of which are attributed. 

Book Size
Filled Page Count 139 pages
Item Count 99
Poem Count 98
First Line Index Yes
Digitized Yes
Additional Genres
Print Sources
Major Themes

Major themes prominent among the manuscript contents in alphabetical order.

Minor Themes

Other themes of interest among the manuscript contents in alphabetical order.


Leeds Brotherton Lt 12.” Manuscript Verse Miscellanies, 1700–1820, edited by Betty A. Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, https://mvm.dhil.lib.sfu.ca/manuscript/292. Accessed .

Created 2019-09-04 1:13:45 PM
Updated 2023-07-25 11:33:33 AM
First Line Context
Hail, happy bride! for thou art truly blest

p. 28.

Local title: Written by Lady M.W. Montague on a card upon her hearing of the death of Mrs Bows.

Attributed author: Lady M.W. Montague.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: First line: "surely blest" instead of "truly blest."

Other: n/a

Hear all you Friends to Knighthood

p. 4.

Local title: On Sr. Wm. Morgan's loosing his George.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Here lies Father & Mother, & Sister and I

p. 74

Local title: Epitaph.

Attributed author: n/a 

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: Last lines: "From all the paynes of thys worlde wee ar free/ Whych into thys worlde wee brought with wee."

Other: n/a

I'm [not] High-Church, nor Low-church, nor Tory, nor Whig

pp. 70–71

Local title: A character.

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: First line: I'm not high church nor low church nor Tory nor Whig...

Other: n/a

If this fair rose offend thy sight

pp. 135–136.

Local title: Verses on a Yorkist's presenting a Red-Rose to his Mistress of the H. of Lancaster.

Attributed author: a Yorkist.

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Unequal, how shall I the search begin?

pp. 31-40

Local title: The Progress of Poetry

Attributed author: n/a

Adaptation: n/a

Other variants: n/a

Other: n/a

Feature Note
Author attributions

Altogether frequent; occasional in first hand section, though female authors named regularly in poem headers; regular in the second hand section. Print source and date attributions also frequent in second hand. 


Pre-bound paperbook. Many blanks; also the fact that a second compiler took it over suggests it was pre-bound.

Quarter leather and cloth boards, front board loose. Four leather ties.


First hand uses catchwords.


Two primary hands; first hand pp. 1–77, second hand pp. 82–142. This book was cleanly and clearly passed from one compiler to another.

A third hand begins a poem that is continued by the first hand pp. 31–33.

Unlike the cataloguer, we do not agree that there are other hands after p. 82. The “T”s and “F”s from p. 82 onwards are distinctive and consistent, though the hand is looser on some pages than others.

Indications of use

Passed in some way from the first compiler to George Scott, with approximately ten years between when the first compiler stopped and the second compiler began. The second compiler also took up the index from where the first compiler left off.

According to the blanks mentioned by the catalogue, the book was still not filled up by the second compiler.

Second compiler seemingly culled items from contemporary newspapers (chronologically).

Most of p. 15/16 cut out.

Annotations in the margins.

Cross-outs, pp. 52, 69.

Annotations in the hand of the second compiler suggest occasional original composition – eg. p. 98.

Two pages of Latin proverbs with English answers at the end of the second hand section.

Item formatting

First hand regularly places short, simple horizontal lines between items; the second hand rarely marks between items at all.


Last few pages of the first-hand section all epitaphs.

Original poetry

Maybe; most items either attributed or turned up First Line Index results, but a few items in the second hand seem to be the poetry of young people, relatives ("Wm Scott"), or the poet himself. Also annotations in the hand of the second compiler suggest original poetry (eg. p. 98). 

Ownership mark

Bookplate: “George Scott Esqr. of Woolston Hall, in the County of Essex.”

Page layout

Paginated (by the compilers, seemingly as they went along because the handwriting of the pagination switches at the same time as the text’s handwriting does).

If over half the page is full, the first hand begins the new item on the following page. The second hand begins most items one after another, not on a new page.

Ruled left-hand margins (throughout the manuscript, though likely all done at once because they are indistinguishable in the two sections).

Table of Contents

Yes, at the end of the manuscript, in both hands: first hand pp. 1–52, second hand pp. 53–end (ie. completes the index including some of the first hand's entries).