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Subject Source: Local sources
Scope Note: Refers to books containing the daily, personal accounts of the writer's own experiences, attitudes, and observations. (AAT) Use to refer to all personal diaires, whether by a named individual or not. (NLS) .

Found in 2688 Collections and/or Records:

Correspondence and papers of Mrs Mary E Haldane, her parents Richard and Elizabeth Burdon-Sanderson of West Jesmond, her sister Jane, and her son Richard B Haldane, later Viscount Haldane.

Identifier: MSS.20037-20079
Scope and Contents

Small quantities of letters and papers of other members of Mary E Haldane's family are contained in different parts of the collection. Also contained is a small quantity of letters and papers to Anne, wife of General Sir David Baird, and her sister Catherine Campbell Preston.

Dates: 1809-1937, undated.

Correspondence and papers of Sir Alexander Gray.

Identifier: Acc.11897
Scope and Contents

Includes journals, broadcast scripts and tapes.

Dates: circa 1918-1975.

Correspondence and papers of Sir Charles Dalrymple, 1st Baronet of Newhailes., 1849-1961, undated.

Identifier: MSS.25534-25572
Scope and Contents Sir Charles Dalrymple (1839-1916), formerly Fergusson, was the youngest son of Sir Charles Dalrymple Fergusson, 5th Baronet, of Kilkerran. He succeeded to the estates of Hailes on the death of his father in 1849, when he assumed the name of Dalrymple. He was created a baronet in 1887, and a Privy Councillor in 1905. Sir Charles married in 1874, Alice Mary, daughter of Sir Edward Hunter Blair, 4th Baronet, of Blairquhan. She died in 1884. Sir Charles at first seemed destined for a legal...
Dates: 1849-1961, undated.

Correspondence and papers of Sir Gilbert Elliot Murray Kynynmound, 4th Baronet, 1st Earl of Minto., 1773-1822.

Identifier: MSS.11042-11739
Scope and Contents Correspondence and papers of Sir Gilbert Elliot Murray Kynynmound (1751-1814), who succeeded as 4th Baronet in 1777, assumed the additional names of Murray Kynynmound on succeeding to his mother's properties in 1778, and was created Baron Minto in 1797 and Earl of Minto in 1813. He was Member of Parliament for Morpeth, 1776-1777, for Roxburghshire, 1777-1784, for Berwick-upon-Tweed, 1786-1790, and for Helston, 1790-1795; and served as Civil Commissioner at Toulon, 1793, Minister to the...
Dates: 1773-1822.

Correspondence and papers of Sir Gilbert Elliot Murray Kynynmound, (1782-1859), 2nd Earl of Minto., 1789-1859.

Identifier: MSS.11740-12237
Scope and Contents Gilbert Elliot Murray Kynynmound (1782-1859) was styled Viscount Melgund from 1813 and succeeded as Earl of Minto in 1814. He was Member of Parliament for Ashburton, 1806-1807, and for Roxburghshire, 1812-1814; and served as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the King of Prussia 1832-1834, First Lord of the Admiralty, 1835-1841, Lord Privy Seal, 1846-1852, and on a special mission to Switzerland and the states of Italy, 1847-1848. The papers reflect fully the 2nd Earl's...
Dates: 1789-1859.

Correspondence and papers of the artist Alfred Edward Borthwick and his family.

Identifier: MSS.10393-10491
Scope and Contents A E Borthwick (1871-1955), a son of William H Borthwick of Crookston, studied art in Edinburgh and Paris from 1890 to 1896, after which he enlisted in the ranks and helped to raise the Scottish Sharpshooters, 70th company of the XVIII Battalion of the Imperial Yeomanry. He served in the Boer and First World Wars, retiring from the army in 1919 as honorary Staff Captain. As a member of the Royal Academy he specialised in portraits and subjects of a religious genre, his best-known work being...
Dates: 1815-1967, undated.

Correspondence and papers of the Campbell family of Inverneill.

Identifier: Acc.14395
Content Description

The archive of the Campbell family of Inverneill formerly kept in Canna House, Isle of Canna. It comprises correspondence and papers mainly of the 18th century, including he the business correspondence of various family members in military or government positions. There is also a component of estate papers concerning estates around Kintyre.

Dates: 18th-19th century, the bulk dating from the 18th century.

Correspondence and papers of the Honourable Arthur Ralph Douglas Elliot and his family.

Identifier: MSS.19420-19571
Scope and Contents Arthur Elliot was the second son of the 3rd Earl of Minto and his papers form a valuable supplement to the Minto collection. Included here are papers of Sir Thomas Frederick Elliot, Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, and Emma, Lady Hislop, the grandmother of Arthur Elliot. Particularly well represented is Elliot's mother, Nina, Countess of Minto, her papers being especially rich in her correspondence and literary manuscripts. As an active Member of Parliament over a period of...
Dates: 1828-1956, undated.

Correspondence and papers of the publisher, Robert Cadell, and of his grandchildren in the Stevenson family.

Identifier: MSS.21001-21069
Scope and Contents

Robert Cadell (1788-1849) was the partner of Archibald Constable, and, after the dissolution of that partnership in 1825, the sole publisher of Walter Scott's novels. His papers reflect his personal and business relations with Scott and other authors, as well as his family affairs.

Dates: 1802-mid 20th century, undated.

Correspondence and papers of the Scots poet William Soutar.

Identifier: MSS.8501-8770
Scope and Contents

William Soutar's output of work, most of it produced during the last thirteen bed-ridden years of his life, is quite remarkable. Apart from his regular and lively correspondence, and his poetry both in English and in Scots, he left a long sequence of diaries and journals, as well as a record of his dreams extending over more than twenty years.

Dates: 1898-1955.

Correspondence and papers of Valda Grieve, wife of Christopher Murray Grieve, 'Hugh MacDiarmid'., 1933-1989, undated.

Identifier: MSS.27221-27239
Scope and Contents

Valda Trevlyn was Christopher Murray Grieve's, "Hugh MacDiarmid's" second wife, whom he married in 1934.

Dates: 1933-1989, undated.

Correspondence and papers of William Hugh Elliot Murray Kynynmound (1814-1891), 3rd Earl of Minto., 1822-1891, undated.

Identifier: MSS.12238-12364
Scope and Contents William Hugh Elliot Murray Kynynmound was the eldest surviving son of the 2nd Earl of Minto, who was styled Viscount Melgund from 1814 and succeeded as Earl of Minto in 1859. He was Member of Parliament for Hythe, 1837-1841, for Greenock, 1847-1852, and for Clackmannan and Kinross, 1857-1859; served as chairman of the Lunacy Commission, Scotland, 1857. As an active back-bench MP and peer, who was closely related to some of the leading political figures of his time - he was, for example, the...
Dates: 1822-1891, undated.

Correspondence, autobiographical papers, and sermons of the Very Reverend Donald Macleod, Doctor of Divinity (1831-1916), minister of The Park parish, Glasgow from 1869 to 1909, and editor of the periodical ‘Good words’ from 1872 to 1905.

Identifier: MSS.9827-9833
Scope and Contents

Most of the correspondence concerns Donald Macleod's editorship of ‘Good words’, including many letters from contemporary authors and men of letters, with some letters of his brother, Dr Norman Macleod, minister of The Barony parish, Glasgow, and the first editor of ‘Good words’.

Dates: 1856-1925, undated.

Correspondence chiefly of Hugh Elliot and his second wife., 1777-1813.

Identifier: MS.12960
Scope and Contents

The contents consist of letters from Hugh Elliot's mother, 1777 (folio 1) and from his second wife, 1802-1810 (folio 5); letters of Elliot to his second wife, 1793, 1802-1803, 1806, 1810-1813 (folio 31); and Elliot's journal, May 1810-January 1811, intended for his wife (folio 249).

Dates: 1777-1813.

Correspondence, diaries, and literary papers of Thomas Stewart Traill, Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at Edinburgh University, and of his family.

Identifier: MSS.19329-19405
Scope and Contents Thomas Traill was born in Orkney in 1781 of the family of Traill of Tirlot and the collection includes miscellaneous genealogical, legal and historial material relating to Orkney. He graduated in medicine in the University of Edinburgh in 1802 and by 1803 had settled in practice in Liverpool where he became a prominent figure being prime mover in the foundation of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Liverpool of which he was first Secretary, and assisting in the foundation of the Royal...
Dates: 1645-1897, undated.

Correspondence, diaries, and other papers of and relating to James Robert Hope-Scott (1812-1873), of Abbotsford.

Identifier: MSS.3667-3695
Scope and Contents The papers cover the main interests of James Robert Hope-Scott's life, including the foundation of Trinity College, Glenalmond, the Protestant Bishopric of Jerusalem, his Fellowship at Merton, his travels in Europe, and various religious, ecclesiastical, and legal matters.Among the correspondents are Gladstone, Manning, and Pusey. The letters of these men and of other correspondents are extensively quoted by R Ornsby in his ‘Memoirs of James Robert Hope-Scott’, 1884. Ornsby also...
Dates: 1824-1873, undated.