Military Memoirs of the Great Civil War. Being the Military Memoirs of John Gwynne; and an Account of the Earl of Glencairn’s Expedition, as general of his Majesty’s Forces, in the Highlands of Scotland, in the years 1653 & 1654. By a person who was eye and ear witness to every transaction. With an appendix.

  • Gwynne, John
  • Edinburgh: Printed for Hurst, Robinson, and Co. 1822


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FIRST EDITION, 4to, pp. xiv, 263, [1]. Original blue paper boards backed in brown paper, printed paper label to spine. Some light soiling and marginal staining. Edges and head of spine worn, blue paper partially torn and defective especially on front board. Title-page inscribed ‘Presented by Major Genl McDouall G.B. Stranraer’.


The first printing of these memoirs, composed around 1680 by John Gwynne (fl. 1642-1682), who had served in the Royalist army through the full stretch of the Civil War. The manuscript eventually fell into the hands of a friend of Sir Walter Scott, and Scott edited it for this publication. This copy has military Scottish provenance, having been presented by Robert McDouall (1774-1848) of Stranraer, who was promoted to major-general in 1841 and was a generous donor to the library of New College, Edinburgh.

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