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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Materials in the Huntington Library
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Christopher Murray Grieve collection
    Dates (inclusive): 1927-1929
    Collection Number: mssGrieve
    Creator: MacDiarmid, Hugh, 1892-1978
    Extent: 3 boxes (3.9 linear feet)
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: Collection contains 119 essays and 4 letters written by Christopher Murray Grieve. The manuscript essays, dating from 1927-1929, cover topics related to Scottish culture and politics and were often published weekly in various Scottish newspapers under pseudonyms, usually "Mountboy" or "Special Correspondent."
    Language: English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Christopher Murray Grieve collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Collection is comprised of materials purchased from K. D. Duval Rare Books in two accessions, July 1962 and April 1963. Accession dates are noted on individual folders.

    Biographical Note

    Christopher Murray Grieve (1892-1978), best known by the pen name Hugh MacDiarmid, was a Scottish poet, journalist, and critic. He studied at Edinburgh University and served in the Royal Medical Corps (1915-1920). Following wartime service, he became a journalist at the Montrose Review in Montrose, Angus. Grieve was politically active, a founder member of the National Party of Scotland (now the Scottish National Party) in 1928 and at times a member of the Communist Party. As a poet, he is credited with leading the Scottish literary renaissance in the first half of the 20th century.

    Scope and Content

    Collection contains 119 essays and 4 letters written by Christopher Murray Grieve. The materials date from 1927-1929, while Grieve was living in Montrose, Scotland and working at the newspaper Montrose Review. The manuscript essays cover topics related to Scottish culture and politics and were syndicated via the Scottish Secretariat to various weekly local Scottish newspapers under pseudonyms, usually "Mountboy" or "Special Correspondent." Newspapers that published the pieces include the Kelso Journal, Kilmarnock Standard, Brechin Times, Perth Advertiser, and others.

    Related Materials in the Huntington Library

    MacDiarmid, Hugh [pseudonym]. Direadh III manuscript, 1930s. HM 22515.


    Materials are arranged by type: correspondence and manuscripts. Manuscripts are arranged alphabetically by title.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    MacDiarmid, Hugh, 1892-1978.
    Montrose (Scotland).
    Politics and culture -- Scotland.
    Scotland -- Politics and government.
    Scottish literature -- 20th century.
    Scottish National Party.


    Essays -- Scotland -- 20th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- Scotland -- 20th century
    Manuscripts -- Scotland -- 20th century

    Alternate Authors

    Grieve, Christopher Murray, 1892-1978.