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Correspondence and papers of and concerning Sir David Dalrymple, 3rd Baronet, Lord Hailes., 17th century-18th century.

Identifier: MSS.25293-25453A

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Sir David Dalrymple, 3rd Baronet of Hailes, (1726-1792), was the son of Sir James Dalrymple, 2nd Baronet of Hailes, and Lady Christian Dalrymple, daughter of the 6th Earl of Haddington. Sir David was educated at Eton and entered the Inner Temple in 1742. From 1747-1748 he studied Civil Law at Utrecht, and in 1748 was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates. He was raised to the Bench as Lord Hailes in 1766 and appointed a Lord of Justiciary in 1776. In addition to his legal activities, Lord Hailes had a wide variety of interests ranging from Scottish and British History, to Classical and literary studies, and Christian Antiquity, devotional and theological studies. Lord Hailes read widely, and was instrumental in setting up the Library at Newhailes. His interests are reflected here in his wide-ranging correspondence and extensive working papers which provided the basis for many of his numerous publications. Lord Hailes was married twice, firstly to Anne Brown, daughter of Lord Coalston, and secondly to Helen, daughter of Sir James Fergusson, Lord Kilkerran.


  • Creation: 17th century-18th century.

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162 Volumes

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The papers are arranged as follows. MSS.25293-25305. Correspondence MS.25306. Private legal and financial papers MSS.25307-25349. Official legal papers MSS.25350-25388. Historial papers: Scotland and Great Britain MSS.25389-25395. Historical papers: Christian antiquity MSS.25396-25412. Devotional and theological papers MSS.25413-25417. Literary and classical papers MSS.25418-25453A. Miscellaneous papers


Lord Hailes's papers formed the basis for Robert Carnie's unpublished Phd thesis at St Andrews University, and by the same author “Lord Hailes's Contributions to Contemporary Magazine”, ‘Studies in Bibliography’, Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, Volume 9, 1957.

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