John Dillon d. 1831

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John DILLON d.1831

Biographical Note

Not much is known about John Dillon, apart from his role as Vice-President of the Maitland Club prior to his death in 1831.


Dillon had an extensive library which was sold at auction by Barclay & Skirving's Sale Room, Glasgow, in November 1831. The collection held many 18th and early 19th century books, several published by Foulis press and the Maitland Club. It also contained incunabula, illuminated manuscripts, books printed on vellum, and several Aldines. The subjects include books on law, Scottish history, classics, and poetry.

The library was sold in 734 lots which included 44 manuscripts (5 specify 'illuminated'), 12 lots containing volumes of pamphlets, and 3 incunabula (lots 256, 259, 650).

Notable selection:

Jamieson's Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language [Edinburgh, 1808-1825] (lot 175)

Examples of books and manuscripts:

Glasgow University Library Sp Coll Mu17-y.1; Bodleian Libraries, Oxford MS. Lat. th. e. 24, MS. Lat. th. e. 44

Characteristic Markings

Inscription of John Dillon (University of Glasgow Library Sp Coll Mu17-y.1 (lot 52))

Manuscripts inscribed 'Joannes Dillon'.

Glasgow Library Sp Coll Mu17-y.1 inscribed 'John Dillon'. An armorial stamp can be found in this volume that may pertain to Dillon, as well.


  • Catalogue of the library of the late John Dillon, S.S.C. F.S.S.A. late Vice-President of the Maitland Club, &c. &c. &c. Containing many rare and curious books and MSS. particularly in early and parliamentary law, Scottish history, antiquities and literature being the entire library belonging to Mr. Dillon: which will be sold by auction, in Barclay & Skirving's sale rooms, Trongate, Glasgow, on Monday the 14th November next, and ten successive evenings. Glasgow, 1831. [NLS ABS.2.205.002(10)]