May 27, 2022

Scotland: Journal Penned 200 Years Ago is Published for the First Time, Digital Resource Also Available

From The Herald:

A little known journal written by a Scottish diplomat’s wife 200 years ago in Turkey has been published for the first time in a new book.

Henrietta Liston, a botanist and diarist, spent eight years in Istanbul – then Constantinople – from 1812 to 1820 after her husband, Robert Liston, was appointed British ambassador to the Sublime Porte – the Ottoman Court at Constantinople.


“Henrietta Liston’s Travels: The Turkish Journals 1812–1820’, published by Edinburgh University Press, is a collaboration between scholars at the National Library of Scotland and Bilkent University, Ankara, and is coupled with a digital resource hosted by the National Library.


Dr Patrick Hart of Bilkent University said it was hoped the “celebration of Henrietta Liston’s writing” would inspire readers as much as Turkey inspired her.


“Together our book and digital resource will introduce Liston’s writings to a wide readership by providing a modernised, readable edition alongside free access to digital facsimiles of the manuscripts and semi-diplomatic transcriptions.”

See Also: 19th Century Constantinople Brought to Life (via National Library of Scotland)

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