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Books and papers of John Riddell, the peerage lawyer.

Identifier: Adv.MSS.25.8.1-26.7.37

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).


  • Creation: 1511-1860.


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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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

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.


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).
National Library of Scotland Catalogue of Manuscripts
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Repository Details

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