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William Soutar Papers

The William Soutar Papers (Coll-796) consist of manuscripts of English-language poems sent by Soutar to John Fraser (1929) and William Morrison, editor of the 'Scots Observer' (1934).

They are an invaluable resource for scholars researching Soutar's often overlooked poetry in English. Far from abandoning English for Scots, as is often asserted, Soutar continued to write prolifically in both languages.

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William Soutar in Other EUL Collections

There is further material of William Soutar interest in other EUL Collections, particularly the Hugh MacDiarmid Papers. These feature significant materials connected to MacDiarmid's edition of Soutar's Collected Poems (London: Andrew Dakers Ltd, 1948) including original MSS by Soutar, together with many letters from Soutar to MacDiarmid.

More Soutar-related materials are to be found in the Helen Cruickshank, Maurice Lindsay, Tom Scott, and Fred Urquhart Papers. These include letters from Soutar to Cruickshank and Urquhart, manuscripts of essays on Soutar by Cruickshank and Hugh MacDiarmid, and references to Soutar in the incoming correspondence of MacDiarmid and Scott.