Fonds D6 - E.S. Reid Tait Collection

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E.S. Reid Tait Collection


  • 1602 - 1960 (Creation)

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      Edwyn Seymour Reid Tait was born in Lerwick on 14 January 1885. He was the second child of George Reid Tait, a local merchant, and Johan Frances Johnson, from Yell. Tait was a draper by trade and had a shop on Commercial Street. He was an avid collector of printed, published and manuscript material concerning Shetland, and built up a huge library of Shetland literature and records. Over a period of thirty years he edited and published major works about Shetland's history, notably the Hjaltland Miscellany (5 volumes, 1934-1957) and the Lerwick Miscellany (1955), extracts from local documents. He was a founder of the Shetland Folk Society, and edited the first two volumes of the Shetland Folk Book, in 1947 and 1951. In 1922 he married Jemima Brown, from Lerwick; they had two children. Tait died on 6 November 1960. His collection of books is also held at Shetland Museum and Archives and can be found by searching for SA4/3000.

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