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National Library of Scotland

Scottish Sikh Heritage Trail

The National Library of Scotland is Scotland's largest library.  Within the library, visitors will find around 14 million printed items, over 100,000 manuscripts, and 25,000 newspaper and magazine titles, as well as around two million maps. A number of the collections are relevant to the Sikh Heritage.

Within the Manuscripts collection at the Library there is a letter written by Maharajah Ranjit Singh in ancient Persian script. The library also holds a collection of letters by Richard Baird Smith. Richard Baird Smith (1794-1861) was an engineer who served with the British army and was involved in the first and second Anglo Sikh wars.

The National Library of Scotland houses the India Papers Collection which contains over 4000 volumes. There is only one other collection of this type in the UK, held at the British Library. Readers interested in Sikh Heritage will also find a number of interesting Sikh related works in the library's general collections, such as copy of an anthology of work by Robert Burns translated into Punjabi which was published in 2000.

The library is accessible to everyone, although you must obtain a readers ticket on your first visit to view the collections.

Address: National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW
Telephone: 0131 623 3700