George MacDonald Collection

George MacDonald portraitInfluential and innovative novelist and poet George MacDonald was born in Huntly, Aberdeenshire.

A substantial and important collection of his writings, the majority in manuscript and many showing significant differences from the published version, was gifted to the Brander Library, Huntly.

Alas! how easily things go wrong!
A sigh too deep or a kiss too long,
And then comes a mist and a weeping rain,
And life is never the same again.

Phantastes (1858)


The original manuscript items from the collection are located at Aberdeenshire Museums, Mintlaw, where they may be consulted by appointment.


novel manuscriptNovels
Including David Elginbrod (1863), Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood (1867) and Thomas Wingfold, Curate (1876).


Children book cover

Children's Books
Including At the back of the North Wind (1871), Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood (1871) and The Princess and the Goblin (1872).


Poetry and Verse manuscript

Poems and Songs

Including Within and Without (1855).



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