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Papers of the family of Erskine of Alva.

Identifier: MSS.5070-5138

Scope and Contents

The papers are chiefly of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

For a genealogical tree of the Erskine family, see MS.5115.


  • Creation: 1583-19th century, undated.

Conditions Governing Access

Normal access conditions apply.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.


69 Volumes ; Except where specially noted, each volume contains papers of various sizes, folio and under.

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The papers are no longer arranged as reported in the 'Historical Manuscripts Commission, 4th report', but are now grouped as follows:

MSS.5070-5099. Correspondence. MSS.5100-5102. Financial papers. MSS.5103-5111. Account books. MSS.5112-5126. Miscellaneous personal papers. MSS.5127-5135. Official papers. MSS.5136-5138. Atholl correspondence.

Each group has been arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

The papers were bought by the National Library of Scotland with the aid of the Reid Fund.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1939.

Separated Materials

For deeds and formal papers of the Erskine family see Ch.4021-4537.

For certain other papers which were separated from the main archive after the 'Historical Manuscripts Commission, 4th report' was compiled see MSS.5139-5164.


The collection is reported in 'Historical Manuscripts Commission, 4th Report' (1874), Appendix, pages 521-528.
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Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

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