The biographical details of individual book owners are taken from various sources. Abbreviated references are given.

  • British Armorial Bindings. University of Toronto
  • CERL –The CERL Thesaurus file contains forms of imprint places, imprint names, personal names and corporate names as found in material printed before the middle of the nineteenth century - including variant spellings, forms in Latin and other languages, and fictitious names.
  • Cowan, Ian Borthwick and Easson, David E. Medieval religious houses, Scotland: with an appendix on the houses in the Isle of Man. London: Longman, 1976.
  • Dennison, Ditchburn and Lynch ed. Aberdeen before 1800. East Linton: Tuckwell, 2002.
  • DNB - Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  • Drummond, H. J. H, A Short-title Catalogue of Books Printed on the Continent of Europe 1501-1600 in Aberdeen University Library. Oxford: O.U.P., 1979
  • EBOB Early book owners in Britain
  • ESL - Durkan, John and Ross, Anthony. Early Scottish libraries. Glasgow: John S Burns & Sons, 1961
  • Fasti Aberdonenses: selections from the records of the University and King's College of Aberdeen, 1494–1854, ed. C Innes Spalding Club, Aberdeen, 1854
  • Fasti academiae Mariscallanae Aberdonensis: selections from the records of Marischal College and University, 1593–1860, vol.1, ed. P J Anderson. New Spalding Club, Aberdeen, 1889
  • Gascoigne, Christine. 'Book Transmission in Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century North East Scotland: the Evidence of William Guild’s Books.' Journal of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society. 4. (2009) pp.32-48
  • Keith, Alexander. A thousand years of Aberdeen. Aberdeen: AUP, 1972.
  • LOC - Library of Congress Authority Files
  • Macfarlane, L. J. William Elphinstone and the kingdom of Scotland, 1431-1514: the struggle for order. Aberdeen: Published for the University of Aberdeen by Aberdeen University Press, 1985.
  • Mitchell, William Smith. Catalogue of the incunabula in Aberdeen University Library. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1966.
  • Munro, A.M. Memorials of the Aldermen, Provosts, and Lord Provosts of Aberdeen. Aberdeen: 1897.
  • Officers and graduates of University and King's College, Aberdeen, 1495–1860, ed. P J Anderson New Spalding Club, Aberdeen, 1893
  • Roll of alumni in Arts of University and King's College of Aberdeen, 1596–1860, ed. P J Anderson Aberdeen University Studies, 1, 1900
  • Sanderson, Margaret H. B. Cardinal of Scotland, David Beaton, c. 1494-1546. Edinburgh: J. Donald Publishers, c1986.
  • Wightman, W. P. D., Science and the Renaissance, vol. 2: An Annotated Bibliography of the Sixteenth-century Books Relating to the Sciences in The Library of the University of Aberdeen. Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd, 1962