Letters and papers chiefly relating to the Herring Fisheries in Scotland, and to police and prisons in Scotland. Edit


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  • 1779-1848, undated. (Creation)


  • 266 Leaves (Whole)



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  • Arrangement

    266 folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    (i) Letters and papers (manuscript and printed) relating chiefly to the Herring Fisheries in Scotland, 1791-1796, 1801-1812, 1847, undated. The subjects include considerations on the best mode of encouraging the White Herring Fishing, 1791; British Society for Fisheries and the road from Dingwall to Ullapool, 1792; memorial of the Adventurers in the British White Herring Fisheries, 1794; reports, etc., of the Highland Society of Scotland on the proposed British White Fishery Bill [?1801]; report on the protection of the Shetland Fisheries, circa 1800; Questionnaire and answers on the Herring Fishery prepared for Mr Pitt, 1804; prospectus, etc., of the British Herring Fishing Company, 1810; the enrolment of fishermen in the Royal Navy, 1812; report of the Commissioners for the British Fisheries, 1847; Improvement of the harbour at Fraserburgh, undated. (Folio 1.)

    (ii) Letter on seamen of the Royal Navy, 1779. (Folio 96.)

    (iii) Letters and papers relating to police and prisons in Scotland, 1790-1848. They include: (a) Lord Swinton and Sir Ilay Campbell, Lord President of the Court of Session, on the new Bridewell for Edinburgh, 1790. (Folio 99.) (b) Proposed Police Bills for the city of Edinburgh, 1808, 1816-1818. (Folio 117.) (c) Correspondence, etc., relating to the administration of Scottish prisons under the Act of 1839, the 2nd Viscount Melville being Chairman of the General Board of Directors of Prisons in Scotland, 1840, 1842-1843, 1848. The correspondents include Fox Maule, Under-Secretary for the Home Department, afterwards 11th Earl of Dalhousie, Sir James Robert George Graham, Home Secretary, and Sir William Rae, Lord Advocate. (Folio 128.)