Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Cruickshank mss., 1962-1968, are the letters of Ian Hamilton Finlay, 1925- , poet, and his wife, Susan Finlay, to Helen Burness Cruickshank, 1896-1975, poet of Edinburgh, Scotland. During this period Finlay lived at 24 Fettes Row, Edinburgh; Gledfield Farmhouse, Ardgay, Rosshire; Coaltown of Callange, Ceres, by Cupar, Fife; and Stonypath, Dunsyre, Lanark; and the two children, Meister Eck Heart and Aileen, were born.

In the letters are frequent references to P.O.T.H. and to persons on the literary scene in Scotland and elsewhere including Wystan Hugh Auden, Alan Bold, Christopher Murray Grieve, Ernst Jandl, Edwin Morgan, Tom Scott, and George Fraser Sutherland. Two poems of Finlay's, Arcady and Poem on My Poem on Her and the Horse, and a drawing of a protest march in 1962 complete the collection.

Collection size: 62 items

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