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Subject Source: Local sources
Scope Note: Accounts or histories of the descent of persons, families, or other groups, from an ancestor or ancestors; enumerations of ancestors and their descendants in the natural order of succession. (AAT) This heading was used in the published catalogues for general works on genealogy as a subject, and also for collections of genealogies. Particular genealogies were indexed under the name of the family. (NLS).

Found in 820 Collections and/or Records:

19th century printed material, mostly of or relating to Professor James Lorimer., 1862-1933, undated.

Identifier: Acc.8695/226-251
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: This collection, while primarily composed of the letters and papers of Esther Chalmers herself, and reflecting her own life and activities, also reflects those of her family, from her grandparents to her nieces and nephews, and of her friends, both in Britain and abroad. The papers concern mostly her own life and her association with Lucie Dejardin, the Belgian socialist, with papers concerning her kinfolk the Lorimers of Kellie (particularly James Lorimer and J H Lorimer) and her father Sir...
Dates: 1862-1933, undated.

‘1467 MS’ written by Dubhghall Albanach mac mhic Cathail and the Reverend John Beaton’s ‘Broad Book’, written by Ádhamh Ó Cuirnín.

Identifier: Adv.MS.72.1.1
Scope and Contents The manuscript consists of two sections, folios 1-9 ('1467 MS'), written in and about that date (folio 7 recto) by Dubhghall Albanach mac mhic Cathail (folios 3 recto, 5 recto, 7 recto, 8 recto), who was presumably a MacMhuirich; and folios 10-25 (Reverend John Beaton’s ‘Broad Book’), written circa 1425 by Ádhamh Ó Cuirnín (date and hand established by Tomás Ó Concheanainn, “The scribe of John Beaton’s ‘Broad Book’”, pages 99-101.The manuscript begins with Cormac’s Instructions...
Dates: [Circa 1425, circa 1467.]

`A Description of the Islands belonging to the Crowne of Scotland taken from severall manuscripts, and the relations of thos that lived in them or frequented them`, written probably circa 1700.

Identifier: Adv.MS.33.3.20
Scope and Contents

The volume begins with a brief general account of Scottish islands followed by detailed descriptions of the Western isles.

The fullest descriptions are of Mull, Iona, Harris and Lewis, Islay, Skye, Uist and in particular, St. Kilda (folios 21 verso, 26 verso, 27 verso).

Towards the end of the volume are transcripts of ‘Genealogies of the Chief Clans of the Isles’ (folio 34 verso) and `Descriptio Insularum Orchadiarum (folio 35).

Dates: Circa 1700.

'Abstract of genealogical notes' by the Reverend Dr Duncan Macleod on Lewis families, containing additional notes of William Matheson., Undated.

Identifier: Acc.9711 Box 8(6)
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

Concern Gaelic language and literature, and the family and general history of Lewis and Harris, North and South Uist and Wester Ross.

Dates: Undated.

Account, by John Mackay of Rockfield, of the Mackays of Scourie and other branches of the clan, and more particularly of his father, Thomas Mackay, Minister of Lairg, and brothers, in the hand of Alexander Matheson, of Ardross., 1824.

Identifier: MS.3742
Scope and Contents

The notes which follow the text are continued in a letter of John Mackay to Alexander Matheson, 1824, written by an amanuensis, Mackay being blind (folio 34).

On folio 36 is a genealogical note by Alexander Matheson on his ancestors.

Dates: 1824.

Account of descent of Haldane family from Duncan, Earl of Lennox (succeeded 1385) with petitioner`s queries., Late 18th century.

Identifier: Ch.15464
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Almost all of these papers were used in the claim to the ancient earldom of Levenax, or Lennox, drawn up [but not brought to the House of Lords] by George Cockburn, Haldane of Gleneagles. An inventory of these documents and papers is available.

Dates: Late 18th century.

Additional papers to the collection of John Riddell, the Peerage lawyer.

Identifier: Adv.MSS.81.2.1-81.2.10
Scope and Contents

Most of the correspondence is addressed to James Law, Writer to the Signet, who acted as London agent in many Peerage Cases in which Riddell was involved; and much of it is from other lawyers.

Dates: 16th century-19th century.

Antiquarian and genealogical papers and correspondence of the Chalmers family of Auldbar., 18th century-19th century.

Identifier: MSS.15471-15481
Scope and Contents From the Fonds: Auldbar was bought in 1753 by William Chalmers, a Gibraltar merchant whose family had owned land in Aberdeenshire, at Federate and Hazlehead. His father and brother were physicians in Aberdeen, and the papers as arranged below begin with medical records of these men. An important section concerns the trade and administration of Gibraltar in the second quarter of the 18th century, and there is also much mercantile correspondence of the 18th and early 19th centuries. As with the rest of this...
Dates: 18th century-19th century.

Antiquarian papers of James Dennistoun of Dennistoun, advocate and antiquary.

Identifier: Adv.MSS.19.2.16-19.2.27
Scope and Contents The papers consist of materials for a projected history of Dumbartonshire (Adv.MS.19.2.16-19.2.24), materials towards a projected work on the Scottish religious houses on the Continent (Adv.MS.19.2.25), and notes and extracts of Scottish interest from manuscripts in continental libraries (Adv.MS.19.2.26), together with a record of the bequest of Dennistoun`s manuscripts and a calendar of them (Adv.MS.19.2.27). The papers were arranged and bound by Mark Napier, executor of James...
Dates: ?1825-1856.

Arms of the English and Scottish nobility. A collection of painted arms with genealogical notes on their holders, made by an Englishman.

Identifier: Adv.MS.15.1.10
Scope and Contents

The collection includes the creations of 1605, but not those of 1618.

The section on English heraldry (folio 1) contains the arms of the various rulers and their nobles from William I to James I. The Scottish section (folio 104) contains the arms of the queens of Scotland from St Margaret to Anne of Denmark, followed by those of the nobility.

Dates: Circa 1612.

'Ballingalliana', being genealogical notes on the family of Ballingall, by Surgeon-Major George Ballingall Stuart., 19th century.

Identifier: MSS.2110-2112
Scope and Contents From the Series:

The manuscripts of the Society of Antiquaries include the ‘Hawthornden Manuscripts’, MSS.2053-2067, the papers of William Drummond of Hawthornden and of his uncle, William Fowler.

Dates: 19th century.

Barbara Balfour-Melville, "The Balfours of Pilrig" (1907), with interleavings annotated by Sir Graham Balfour.

Identifier: Acc.9458
Scope and Contents

With photographs and letters including five, 1870, 1887-1892, of Robert L Stevenson, and two, 1859, 1869, of Florence Nightingale.

Dates: circa 1859-1907.