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Country Code GB
Repository Code 800001
Repository Private
Reference NRAS1209
Title Campbell Family, Dukes of Argyll
Dates 1430-20th century
Access Status Restricted
Access Conditions Researchers requiring access to this collection should address all enquiries to:
The Registrar
National Register of Archives for Scotland
HM General Register House
Princes Street
Edinburgh
EH1 3YY
Level Fonds
Admin History The archive was first surveyed by Sir William Fraser for the Historical Manuscripts Commission in the 1870s and his reports provide a very useful overview of the historical context of the archive and the earliest records within it (Historical Manuscripts Commission 4th Report (1874), pages 470-492; Historical Manuscripts Commission 6th Report (1876), pages 606-634).

The Argyll Papers were surveyed by the National Register of Archives of Scotland in the 1960s (NRAS 6) and again in the 1980s (NRAS 1209). NRAS 1209 partly replaces NRAS 6, but not entirely: researchers must, therefore, consult both surveys in order to obtain a full overview of the archive.

In addition, all of the maps and plans listed in NRAS 6 (pages 159-164 and 276-291) were re-listed by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS, now Historic Environment Scotland). The separate RCAHMS' Maps and Plans List should now be used for finding these records.

Please read this introductory note carefully before consulting the surveys, as it explains which parts of NRAS 6 are still current, which have been re-listed in NRAS 1209 and which have been replaced by other lists.
N.B. A closure period of 75 years has been applied to records in the archive.

NRAS6 is not yet available on the electronic catalogue.
The following pages of NRAS 6 are semi-current:
Some items have been re-listed in NRAS 1209, but not all. The notes below summarise these changes and guide you to the appropriate sections of NRAS 1209. N.B. The re-listing process appears to have been undertaken piece-meal and the mapping is not always straightforward - bundle numbers mapped with confidence are listed first, and those mapped with less confidence are given in square brackets. See respective pages in NRAS 6 for details.
NRAS 6 pages 121-126 (black deed boxes 1-8) have been partially re-listed as NRAS 1209 bundles 125, 126, 800, 805-810, 1751-1775, 1813-1835,1838-1846, 1851, 1872-1919 [and probably also 197, 204, 208, 389-393, 717, 761, 1779-1788, 1868]
NRAS 6 pages 178-179 (loose papers in bundles) have been partially re-listed as NRAS 1209 bundles 756, 801, 803, 1069 [and probably also 1550].
NRAS 6 pages 221-222 (Kintyre portfolios) have been partially re-listed as NRAS 1209 bundles 1948-1949, 1952-1953 [and probably also 1924-1925, 1928, 1950-1951, 1953, 1956-1958].
NRAS 6 pages 224-226 (black deed boxes 9-17) have been partially re-listed as NRAS 1209 bundles 769-799, 866-916, 1520-1548, 1554-1607 [and probably also 1608].
NRAS 6 pages 233-234 (Argyll MSS at Messrs Lindsays W.S., Edinburgh). The contents of the deed boxes are thought to have been re-listed amongst NRAS 1209 bundles 2031-2103, 2501-2999 and 3235-3683. The rest of this section (describing volumes) remains current.
NRAS 6 page 254 (Argyll MSS on loan to Miss Mary Cosh). Some items may have been re-listed as NRAS 1209 bundles [155, 156, 752], but most of this section of NRAS 6 remains current.

The following pages of NRAS 6 are no longer current and have been replaced by NRAS 1209:
The notes below summarise these changes and guide you to the appropriate sections of NRAS 1209. As above, the re-listing process appears to have been undertaken piece-meal and the mapping is not always straightforward - bundle numbers mapped with confidence are listed first, and those mapped with less confidence are given in square brackets. See respective pages in NRAS 6 for details.
NRAS 6 pages 1-51 and 53-75 (Portfolio Volumes 1-7 and 10-12) have been re-listed as NRAS 1209 bundles 466-494 and 1073-1126, as follows:
Pages 1-11 (Portfolio Volume 1): NRAS 1209 bundles 1073-1079
Pages 12-16 (Portfolio Volume 2): NRAS 1209 bundles 1080-1083
Pages 17-27 (Portfolio Volume 3): NRAS 1209 bundles 1084-1098
Pages 28-34 (Portfolio Volume 4): NRAS 1209 bundles 1099-1106
Pages 35-42 (Portfolio Volume 5): NRAS 1209 bundles 1107-1115
Pages 43-50 (Portfolio Volume 6): NRAS 1209 bundles 1116-1125
Pages 51 (Portfolio Volume 7): NRAS 1209 bundle 1126
Pages 53-61 (Portfolio Volume 10: MacLean Papers): NRAS 1209 bundles 466-470
Pages 62-69 (Portfolio Volume 11: MacLean Papers): NRAS 1209 bundles 471-480
Pages 70-75 (Portfolio Volume 12: MacLean Papers): NRAS 1209 bundles 481-494
N.B. Some records listed in the Portfolio Volumes were not found during the re-listing process (these are PV 3, nos. 3 and 83; PV 4, nos. 235-300; PV 5, nos. 12, 24, 41, 71-73 and 96).
NRAS 6 page 52 (Portfolio Volumes 8 and 9) are thought to have been re-listed in NRAS 1209, but bundle numbers have not been recorded.
NRAS 6 Page 101 - 102 (Portfolio Volumes 45 and 48 only) are thought to have been re-listed in NRAS 1209, possibly under bundles 9-25
NRAS 6 pages 154-158 (green box file series; orange box files) have been re-listed as NRAS 1209 bundles 252, 278-281, 298-299, 309-311, 313-317, 324-326, 348, 421, 450-455, 458-460, 464-465, 615, 801, 924-934, 1846; [and probably also 272, 312, 427, 464-465, 710-711, 713, 752, 756, 823, 835, 917-918, 976-981, 3220-3221].
NRAS 6 pages 165-166 (portfolios M1-M14) have been re-listed as NRAS 1209 bundles 743, 755, 1019-1030, 1032-1042, 1061-1064, 1127-1149, [and probably also 1043-1049, 1050-1060].
NRAS 6 page 177 (red and yellow box files) have been re-listed as NRAS 1209 bundles 186-188, 282-284, 805-810; [and probably also 682, 698, 706, 843, 850, 1051, 1189, 1856].
NRAS 6 pages 180-218 (brown cardboard case bearing label '19th c correspondence'; box file containing correspondence and accounts of the 5th Duke; Folder 1 and Folder A; black deed box 15; documents in grey manilla folders; grey folders in steel filing cabinets; brown folders) have been re-listed as NRAS 1209 140-142, 149-151, 153, 155-158, 160-172, 173-175, 177, 178, 180, 183-184, 192-200, 204-205, 207-212, 365-388, 393-403, 424-428, 436-445, 448-449, 627, 629-630, 636-637, 640-645, 647-650, 652-655, 663, 667, 671, 674, 676-677, 679-681, 690-695, 697-701, 703, 707, 711, 714, 718-720, 724, 727-736, 742, 754, 758-759, 801, 811-817, 819, 821, 823-825, 828, 830, 833, 834, 838, 839, 845-850, 852, 857-858, 861, 863, 865, 921, 923, 936, 941, 944-945, 948, 951-957, 963-964, 966-973, 975-981, 983, 985-986, 988, 1128-1149, 1610-1612, 1614-1616, 1619-1620, 1622-1625, 1629-1630, 1632, 1635, 1637-1641, 1645, 1647-1648; [and probably also 46, 56, 122, 143-154, 157-159, 201, 205, 365-381, 403-412, 447, 450, 612, 614, 616-617, 656-662, 668-670, 685, 696, 759, 801, 816-817, 822-823, 826, 836, 841, 917-918, 936, 947, 984, 987, 1069, 1071, 1501-1519,1617, 1131-1134, 3151].
NRAS 6 page 220 (loose papers placed in cardboard SRO type boxes) has been re-listed as NRAS 1209 bundles 501-609.
NRAS 6 pages 226-232 (black deed box 18, India Office Papers) have been re-listed as NRAS 1209 bundles 992-1000, 1501-1509, 1667-1743, 1811.
NRAS 6 pages 235-254 (Argyll MSS in temporary custody of the City Archivist, Glasgow) have been re-listed as NRAS 1209 bundles 1-2, 5-8, 12-13, 16-21, 23, 38-39, 43-47, 50-56, 61-66, 77-82, 84-95, 113-114, 120, 122, 124, 179; [and probably also 6, 1-42, 57-60, 115-119, 121, 123, 125-129, 134].
NRAS 6 pages 255-260 (documents repaired by Glasgow City Archives; cardboard filing boxes with brown spines) have been re-listed as NRAS 1209 bundles 176-179, 261-268, 279-281, 288-292, 331-337, 338-346, 353-364; [and probably also 254, 288, 347-352, 683, 807, 3128].

The following pages of NRAS 6 are no longer current and have been replaced by other catalogues:
NRAS 6 pages 127-146 (green filing cabinets containing early writs and charters) have been re-listed in a separate Index of Sealed Argyll Charters The new list covers the period 1315-1708 and includes many records not listed in NRAS 6. N.B. Not all records are accounted for (p127, nos. 1-6 and 8; p 136, no. 89; p144, no. 352 are presently missing).
NRAS 6 pages 159-164 (plans) have been re-listed in the separate RCAHMS' Maps and Plans List.
NRAS 6 pages 276-291 (building plans relating to Inveraray Castle, etc.) have been re-listed in the separate RCAHMS' Maps and Plans List.
Creator Name Campbells, Dukes of Argyll
Publication Note The archive was heavily used by Ian G. Lindsay and Mary Cosh to inform their history of 'Inveraray and the Dukes of Argyll' (Edinburgh University Press, 1973). This publication remains the standard work on the history of the Dukes of Argyll and the development of the new castle and town of Inveraray, covering the period from 1746 until the mid-twentieth century. The archives were also used by Alastair Campbell for his three volume 'History of the Clan Campbell' (Edinburgh, 2000-2004).
See also: 'Inhabitants of the Argyll Estate in 1779', edited by Eric Cregeen, Scottish Record Society, Old Series, 91 (1963); 'List of Inhabitants on the Duke of Argyll's Property in Kintyre in 1792', edited by A.I.B. Stewart, Scottish Record Society, New Series (1991); 'Inhabitants of the Inner Isles, Morvern and Ardnamurchan, 1716', edited by N. Maclean-Bristol, Scottish Record Society, New Series (Edinburgh, 1998); 'Argyll Estate Instructions: Mull, Morvern, Tiree. 1771-1805', edited by Eric R. Cregeen, Scottish History Society, Fourth Series (Edinburgh, 1964); 'Kintyre Instructions: The 5th Duke of Argyll's Instructions to His Kintyre Chamberlain, 1785-1805', edited by Eric Cregeen and Angus Martin (The Grimsay Press, 2011).
Related Material The National Records of Scotland holds related papers in the following collections: Papers of the 5th Duke relating to the British Fisheries Society (GD9/1-4); political and military correspondence, 1653-1715 (GD1/1158); letter books and papers of the Dukes' agents, Campbell of Stonefield, 1722-72 (GD14). The National Library of Scotland holds the following: papers of Andrew Fletcher as agent to the 3rd Duke of Argyll, including executry papers of the 2nd and 3rd Dukes of Argyll, 17th and 18th century (MSS17610-94, 17878-9 and CH14911-41); correspondence and family accounts 1589-1696 (MS975, MS3138 and CH2448-74); correspondence and papers of the 4th Duke relating to the 1745 rising (MSS3733-6); correspondence of the 8th Duke to his son and daughter-in-law Princess louise, 1862-85 (Acc9209).
 

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