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'Instructions to Master David Erskine by his Father The Earl of Buchan 29 March 1784'.

Identifier: MS.806

Scope and Contents

The instructions were drawn up by the Earl of Buchan when his son (afterwards Sir David Erskine) entered Mr de Ribouville's Academy, Old Cavendish Street, London. Before the precepts, the Earl gives a brief account of his son's life up to that date. He gives the date of his birth as December 1771 (not 1772, as in the Dictionary of National Biography).


  • Creation: 1784.

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13 Leaves ; Octavo.

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13 folios.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 1937, by J M Mackenzie, Edinburgh.

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