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Papers of the Douglas family of Springwood Park, near Kelso, Roxburghshire.

Identifier: MSS.8030-8120

Scope and Contents

The papers cover the period from 1750 to 1945, but the bulk of the collection belongs to the lifetime of Sir George Henry Scott-Douglas, 4th Baronet, who succeeded his father as a minor in 1836 and died in 1885. During his minority and absences abroad with the army, his affairs were in the hands of a trustee, but after his return in 1851, Sir George took a keen interest in the running of his estates, as is evident from the long series of detailed factory accounts and correspondence.

There were two estates: Springwood Park itself, which was bought by Sir James Douglas, 1st Baronet (then a naval captain), in 1750, and Longnewton. Unless otherwise stated, the papers refer to both properties.


  • Creation: 1750-1945.

Conditions Governing Access

Normal access conditions apply.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.


91 Volumes ; Except where specially noted, each volume contains papers of various sizes, folio and under.

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The papers are arranged as follows: MSS.8030-8091. Estate papers. MSS.8092-8099. Legal papers. MSS.8100-8120. Family papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1958-1959, 1961.

Separated Materials

For some formal documents, see Ch.7637-7676.

National Library of Scotland Catalogue of Manuscripts
National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division
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Repository Details

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