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Papers of the Hays of Yester formerly preserved at Yester House.

Identifier: MSS.14401-14827

Scope and Contents

The papers catalogued here are especially rich in political material, 17th century-19th century, in estate and local affairs correspondence and papers, 16th century-20th century, in financial and legal material, 15th century-20th century, and in personal, household and estate accounts, 17th century-19th century. There is material concerning India in the correspondence and papers of the 8th, 9th and 10th Marquesses of Tweeddale, and concerning the Peninsular War in the correspondence and papers of the 8th Marquess.


  • Creation: 1486-mid 20th century, undated.

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428 Volumes ; Volumes are folio and under unless described otherwise.

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The papers are arranged as follows:

MSS.14401-14471. Correspondence. MSS.14772-14538. Papers: individuals. MSS.14539-14563. Papers: special subjects. MSS.14564-14744. Personal, household and estate accounts. MSS.14745-14777. Estate and local affairs papers. MSS.14778-14827. Miscellaneous papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequeathed, 1969, with Ch.10685-12590, by the Most Honourable William George Montagu, 11th Marquess of Tweeddale.

Related Materials

See also Ch.10685-12590.

Separated Materials

An earlier donation of Yester Papers has been catalogued as MSS.7001-7120 and Ch.7566-7593.

See also MSS.14828-14831.

The bulk of the 8th Marquess of Tweeddale's Indian papers are in the India Office Library. Otherwise, the following publications may be consulted for guidance to Yester Papers in other repositories: C C H Harvey and J MacLeod, ‘Calendar of Yester writs preserved at Yester House, 1166-1625’ (Scottish Record Society, Edinburgh, 1930). This material is now preserved in the Scottish Record Office; ‘Scottish Record Offices list of gifts and deposits’, volume I (Edinburgh, 1971), pages 63-65; ‘House of Lords Record Office memorandum, Number 47: Letters of the 2nd Earl of Tweeddale, 1672 to 1692’ (London, 1972).

Other papers, including correspondence, 1672-1692, of the 2nd Earl (later 1st Marquess), are at Cambridge University Library (Acc.9362).

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