Alexander Howland Smith papers regarding his forgery of Robert Burns's The jolly beggars


Creator: Smith, Alexander Howland, 1859-
Date(s): circa 1888-1892
Call Number: MSS 0099, F0945
Language: Materials entirely in English.
Abstract: Alexander Howland Smith, also known as "Antique Smith," was a Scottish law clerk known for the literary forgeries he produced circa 1888 to 1892. Many of Smith's dealings involved Edinburgh bookseller, James Stillie, who may have been complicit in passing the forgeries. The collection comprises Smith's sixteen-page forgery of Robert Burns's cantata The Jolly Beggars, along with documentation attempting to verify its authenticity.
Physical Description: 4 items
Source: Purchase, May 2013.
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