Friday, 24 February 2012

The First Post

Welcome to the new blog from The Library of Inerpeffray, Scotland's oldest free public lending library founded in 1680..Follow our blog to share the treasures we find in this literary haven in rural Perthshire.  This year we'll be celebrating the anniverary of the beautiful Georgian Library Building: 250 years old this year. This library building, commissioned by Robert Hay Drummond, great nephew to the Founder, was completed in 1762. It was purpose built for him by architect Charles Freebairn. The Wast Book, which visitors can see at the Library contains record of all the money spent on its contruction down to the 1/6th of a penny!
Hay Drummond became Archbishop of York in 1761, but this did not prevent him from maintaining an interest as Patron of Innerpeffray and he donated some 1500+ books to the collection during his patronage. We celebrate the building’s 250th birthday of the building with a focus on the books and the lending of the eighteenth century, including the many volumes from writers of the Scottish Enlightenment.  I hope you will enjoy this exhibition if you are able to visit during the year.