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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.

Identifier: MSS.24725-24774

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.


  • Creation: 1798-1887, undated.

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50 Volumes ; Unless otherwise stated papers are folio and under.

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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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

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.

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