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Correspondence and legal, financial and other papers of the Dunlop family.

Identifier: MSS.9250-9307

Scope and Contents

Much of the collection concerns William Dunlop, Principal of Glasgow University, his son Alexander, Professor of Greek at Glasgow, and his grandson John, Tide Surveyor at Greenock. The papers of William Dunlop include material on the colony of South Carolina, the Darien Scheme, and the affairs of the Church of Scotland, while those of Alexander chiefly concern the University of Glasgow. The collection also includes diaries and literary works of John Dunlop of Gairbraid, the temperance reformer.


  • Creation: 1605-1952.

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58 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.9250-9254. Correspondence. MSS.9255-9256. Papers concerning public affairs. MSS.9257-9260. Legal and financial papers. MSS.9261-9269. Diaries. MSS.9270-9273. Sermons and literary work. MSS.9274-9300. Genealogical papers. MSS.9301-9307. Miscellaneous papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 1962, by Mrs Lorraine C C Bell, Epsom.

Separated Materials

For some formal documents, see Ch.8443-8481.


For a history of the family largely based on these papers, see ‘The Dunlops of Dunlop' (Frome and London: privately printed, 1939) by John Graham Dunlop. Some of the material has been published in ‘Letters and Journals, 1663-1889’ (Frome and London: privately printed, 1953) by John Graham Dunlop.

Some papers concerning the Darien Scheme were published in ‘Transactions of the Glasgow Archaeological Society’, Second Series, iv (1903), pages 207-225.
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