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Papers of John Mackenzie, Writer to the Signet, and of various clients (not represented in MSS.1229-1489)., 1732-1777, undated.

 Sub-Series
Identifier: MSS.1174-1177

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

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.

Dates

  • Creation: 1732-1777, undated.

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Extent

4 Volumes

Language of Materials

From the Fonds: Undetermined

Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

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