About the Project
The Vampire diary was received as part of a collection donated to the Heritage Hub by Ian Abernethy in 2008. It is one highlight from a rich collection of diaries and papers from Sir George and the wider family.
The idea developed that presenting the diary as a blog would be a way to showcase its potential and provide access to a wider audience. Entries are set up to appear in “real time” so it is as if we are really following George on his Voyage of the Vampire between 1 April 1846 and January 1847.
With Heritage Lottery and Leader funding it has been possible for the project to be completed by staff from the Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Centre and have the entries digitised.
The diary featured in the national media in the days leading up to the launch of the website:
Users are reminded that original records are included on this site and these should be read bearing in mind the period when they were written. Some of the terms used and sentiments expressed are not those used today. Nevertheless, in making historical evidence available it is only right to include such material to help to provide a complete and rounded picture. The views expressed are not those of the Scottish Borders Council.