Family, political and personal correspondence and papers of the Abercromby family, chiefly of James Abercromby (1776-1858), 1st Baron Dunfermline, with some correspondence and papers of his wife Marianne (died 1874), and of their son Ralph, 2nd Baron and diplomatist (1803-1868), and his family. Edit




  • 1798-1887, undated. (Creation)


  • 50 Volumes (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, Sotheby's, 18 December 1986, lot 222.

  • Scope and Contents

    James Abercromby was Judge Advocate General, 1827; Chief Baron of the Exchequer Court, Scotland, 1830-1832; a member of the Whig Cabinet as Master of the Mint, 1834; Speaker of the House of Commons, 1835-1839; and created 1st Baron Dunfermline, 1839.

    Much of the family correspondence is from Ralph Abercromby, 2nd Baron and from and his wife, Mary Elizabeth, a daughter of the 2nd Earl of Minto.

    With the papers are a few letters, 1909-1912, to Alexander Lockhart Trotter, a son of the Honourable Mary C E Trotter of Colinton, only child of the 2nd Baron and Baroness.

  • Separated Materials

    Another portion of the Abercromby family archive may be found in the Minto Papers, MSS.13154-13180, and for correspondence of the Dunfermline’s with the Elliot of Minto family see MSS.11766-11773, 11800, 12253 and 12851.

  • Arrangement

    The papers are arranged as follows.

    MSS.24725-24746. Family correspondence MSS.24747-24769. Correspondence with individuals MSS.24770-24773. General correspondence MS.24774. Miscellaneous papers