Papers of the Earls of Lauderdale, chiefly of John, Duke of Lauderdale, with some other papers, collected by William Finlay Watson. Edit


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  • 1641-1697, undated. (Creation)


  • 406 Leaves (Whole)



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  • Arrangement

  • Scope and Contents

    Most of the papers relate to the administration of Scotland during the period of the Duke of Lauderdale’s power, and consist of draft letters, warrants, commissions, petitions, memoranda, memorials, etc. They include, e.g. the draft of the letter of Charles II to Mr Robert Douglas to be communicated to the Presbytery of Edinburgh, 10 August 1660 (folio 27), printed in R Wodrow, ‘History of the sufferings of the Church of Scotland’ (Glasgow, 1829), volume i, pages 80-81, and ‘The Apologie of MJS’ [Mr James Sharp] in his sermon on I Corinthians ii. 2, preached on 20 April 1662 (folio 75). Some papers relate to English affairs and others to the claims of the Duchess and of her brother-in-law, Charles, 3rd Earl of Lauderdale.

  • Custodial History

    From a pencilled note in a modern hand (folio 384 verso) the papers appear to have formed part of the collection at Ham House, near Richmond - cf. Osmond Airy, introduction to ‘Lauderdale Papers’, volume i (Camden Society, 1884).