Abbotsford Club

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The Abbotsford Club was a text publication society founded in Edinburgh in 1833[1] or 1834.[2][3] This was the year after the death of Sir Walter Scott, whose residence of Abbotsford House gave the society its name, and whose literature the club's publications sought to illuminate. The club was modelled on the Roxburghe Club, of which Scott himself had been a member, as well as the Bannatyne Club, which was founded by Scott, and the Glasgow-centred Maitland Club. The founder and first secretary of the club was William Barclay Turnbull, a young Edinburgh lawyer. The stated objective of the Abbotsford Club was "the printing of Miscellaneous Pieces, illustrative of History, Literature, and Antiquities."[1] Through its publishing activity, the club did much to promote the proliferation of Middle English literature. The Abbotsford Club effectively ceased publication in 1866.[4]


  1. ^ a b Matthews, David (1999). The Making of Middle English, 1765-1910. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. pp. 88–90. ISBN 0-8166-3185-9. 
  2. ^ The Oxford Companion to English Literature, 6th Edition. Edited by Margaret Drabble, Oxford University Press, 2000 p.1
  3. ^ Ward, Adolphus William; Alfred Rayney Waller (1960). The Cambridge history of English literature (reprint ed.). CUP Archive. p. 358. ISBN 0-546-67017-2. 
  4. ^ Royal Historical Society listing of Abbotsford Club publications Archived August 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.

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