Shetland Archives Enriched by 19th-Century Antiquary's Notebook

Shetland Amenity Trust acquires 19th-century notebook of Gilbert Goudie, a Shetland-born antiquary, with support from Shetland Family History Society. The notebook, containing Goudie's observations on Shetland's past, is now preserved in the Shetland Archives for public access.

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Shetland Archives Enriched by 19th-Century Antiquary's Notebook

Shetland Archives Enriched by 19th-Century Antiquary's Notebook

The Shetland Amenity Trust has successfully acquired a significant 19th-century notebook belonging to Gilbert Goudie, a notable Shetland-born antiquary and amateur archaeologist, with the generous support of the Shetland Family History Society (SFHS). The notebook, which contains Goudie's observations about Shetland's past, is a valuable addition to the Shetland Archives' collection of Goudie's papers.

Why this matters: The preservation of historical artifacts and documents is crucial for understanding and appreciating the cultural heritage of a region, and this acquisition ensures that Shetland's history is safeguarded for future generations. Furthermore, thiscollaboration between the Shetland Amenity Trust and the Shetland Family History Society sets a positive precedent for community-driven preservation efforts.

Gilbert Goudie was born in Dunrossness, Shetland in 1843 and spent most of his life working as a banker in Edinburgh. Despite living away from his birthplace, Goudie remained deeply connected to Shetland's history and culture throughout his life. He held the position of treasurer to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and maintained a keen interest in Shetland's lore until the end of his days.

The Shetland Archives had long coveted Goudie's notebook, recognizing its historical significance, but financial constraints hindered its acquisition when it was previously sold to a rare books firm in Dorset. However, the timely donation from the SFHS enabled the Trust to secure this important piece of Shetland's heritage. Shetland archivist Brian Smith expressed his gratitude, stating, "We already hold a fine collection of Gilbert Goudie's papers, and this notebook, with material by him about Shetland, is a fine addition to it. We are very grateful indeed to Shetland Family History Society for helping us to buy it. We value our connection with the Society and its excellent office bearers."

The notebook is now preserved in the Shetland Archives and is available for the public to read, offering invaluable insights into Shetland's past through the eyes of one of its most dedicated scholars. The acquisition also highlights the close working relationship between the Shetland Amenity Trust and the Shetland Family History Society, which relocated to the Trust's premises at Garthspool in 2018.

The Shetland Amenity Trust, a charity registered in Scotland (No. SCO17505), is part-funded by various organizations and plays a crucial role in preserving and promoting Shetland's rich cultural heritage. The addition of Gilbert Goudie's notebook to the Shetland Archives' collection marks a significant milestone in the Trust's ongoing efforts to safeguard the islands' history for future generations.

Key Takeaways

  • Shetland Amenity Trust acquires Gilbert Goudie's 19th-century notebook.
  • Notebook contains Goudie's observations about Shetland's past.
  • Acquisition ensures Shetland's history is safeguarded for future generations.
  • Collaboration between Trust and Shetland Family History Society sets a positive precedent.
  • Notebook is now preserved in Shetland Archives and available to the public.