Correspondence and papers of the Mackenzies of Delvine and their clients. Edit




  • Late 17th century-early19th century. (Creation)


  • 430 Volumes (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bequeathed, along with their library of printed books, by Mr and Mrs W R Reid of Lauriston Castle and received in June 1926.

  • Scope and Contents

    Contains correspondence and papers of John Mackenzie, Advocate and a Principal Clerk of Session, of Cramond and later of Delvine (died 1731), his sons Alexander, Writer to the Signet and a Principal Clerk of Session (died 1737), and John, Writer to the Signet, Deputy-Keeper of the Signet (died 1778), and Alexander's grandson Sir Alexander Muir Mackenzie, 1st Baronet, Writer to the Signet (died 1835); formed a distinguished line of lawyers who were active in the affairs of their day and included among their family connexions and clients a great number of Highland and Lowland families. The chief interest of the papers is the light which they throw on family history, for they give much information about some less-known Highland families and supply corrections to existing histories of those more famous. Public events are also mentioned. There is a considerable amount of correspondence about the Rising of 1715 and its consequences, but remarkably little about that of 1745.

  • Bibliography

    For a history of the collection see William K Dickson, 'Letters to John Mackenzie of Delvine, Advocate . . . from the Revd. Alexander Monro, D-D. . . . 1690 to 1698' in 'Miscellany' of the 'Scottish History Society', volume v (1933).

  • Arrangement

    The papers have to a great extent been kept in their original bundles. These have been arranged in volumes as follows: MSS.1101-1228. Letters and papers of the Mackenzies of Delvine MSS.1229-14899. Letters and papers of families and individuals, the clients or correspondents of the Mackenzies of Delvine MSS.1490-1507. Papers relating to various subjects MSS.1508-1525. Account-books MSS.1526-1530. Large sheets and rolls unsuitable for binding with the earlier volumes. Miscellaneous papers

    Letters in any one series are arranged in exact order of date, except in the case of ‘letters from various persons to’ an individual, which are placed in alphabetical order of the writers’ names. Deeds and papers other than letters are arranged by years only.

  • Other Finding Aids

    A list of contents has been placed at the beginning of each volume.

  • Custodial History

    The collection was bought in 1918 from the widow of Sir Alexander Muir Mackenzie, 3rd Baronet by the late Mr Reid of Lauriston Castle.

  • Separated Materials

    MSS.149-277: Lauriston Castle collection.