Books and papers of John Riddell, the peerage lawyer. Edit




  • 1511-1860. (Creation)


  • 0.00 linear metres (Whole)



  • Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of printed books, 1718-1850 (Adv.MSS.25.8.1-25.8.42), and manuscripts, 1511-1857 (Adv.MSS.25.9.1-25.9.23), owned by Riddell, correspondence and papers (many incomplete) ?1799-1860, and undated, relating to peerages (Adv.MSS.26.1.1-26.1.29), to baronetcies, to landed families and to various related topics (Adv.MSS.26.2.1-26.2.23), and a large number of notebooks, circa 1805-1852, containing excerpts from the public records of Scotland, and other matter (Adv.MSS.26.3.1-26.7.37).

  • Related Materials

    For charters owned by Riddell, see Ch.A245- Ch.A251.

    For other papers and documents of Riddell, see Adv.MSS.22.3.14, 81.2.1-81.2.10 and Ch.A205-Ch.A209.

    For his correspondence with John Maidment, see MS.5312.

  • Bibliography

    The collection was described (with some differences of arrangement and content) by John Maidment in his anonymously published ‘The Riddell Papers: a Catalogue of the Annotated Books and Manuscripts of the late John Riddell, Esq., Advocate’ (privately printed, Edinburgh, 1863).

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Presented, 1925, by the Faculty of Advocates to the nation on the foundation of the National Library of Scotland.

  • Custodial History

    Adv.MSS.25.8.1-4, 26.3.1-26.7.37 presented, 1867, the remainder bequeathed, 1881, to the Advocates’ Library by the 25th Earl of Crawford.