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Country Code GB
Repository Code 233
Repository National Library of Scotland
Reference GB233/Adv.MS.29.1.1
Title Murray of Stanhope
Dates 17th century-18th century
Access Status Open
Description Correspondence and papers of the Murrays of Stanhope.
The great majority relate to Sir Alexander, the 3rd Baronet (died 1743), and to his brother Charles, Collector of Customs at Bo'ness and de jure 5th Baronet (died 1770), although there are a few of their brother James, of Sir William, the 1st Baronet (died, 1689), and of Sir David, the 2nd baronet (died 1729). The family were Jacobites, and there is some correspondence of Sir Alexander with other participants in the Rebellion of 1715. Apart from this, and from internal family correspondence, the subjects are almost exclusively financial - the brothers' frequent embarrassments, and the management, in which Charles took a large share, of their estates in Peeblesshire, in Ardnamurchan (bought in 1726 from Sir Duncan Campbell of Lochnell, in order to develop the lead mines at Strontian) and in lslay (leased from Daniel Campbell of Shawfield, again for the sake of the mineral wealth). The family estates in Peeblesshire and in Argyllshire were forfeited in 1767.

Vol.1 The contents include: a letter from the Duke of Rothes to Sir William, 1676; two letters of Sir David, 1710, 1721; correspondence of Sir Alexander with other members of the family (including his brothers Charles, James, and David, his sister Veronica and her husband, Robert Hunter of Polmood; and his uncle, Major William Murray), and with Sir
Duncan Campbell of Lochnell, Donald Campbell of Octomore and other Campbells, 1715-1740.
ol. II Correspondence of Sir Alexander with members of the nobility, the Landed Gentry, and the army, with his legal adviser, William Lumsden, and with various people concerning the Argyllshire estates, and miscellaneous memoranda, 1711-1742. A letter of Alexander Pennicuik is printed in James Maidment, 'Catalogue of Scottish Writers', Edinburgh, 1833, p139.
Vol. III The contents include: correspondence of Sir Alexander arising from the Rebellion of 1715 and concerning the Argyllshire Estates, 1709-1736.
Vol. IV Miscellaneous correspondence of Sir Alexander, 1710-1743
Vol V Correspondence mainly of James Murray (ff 1-25), and of Charles Murray, with other members of the family, with William Lumsden, and with others (many of whom corresponded also with Sir Alexander), including Isabella Strange, the Jacobite wife of Sir Robert, the engraver, 1720- 69, 220 ff,
Vol VI The contents include: correspondence of Charles Murray with various members of the Nobility and landed gentry (including George Lockhart of Carnwath and Donald Campbell of Octomore), with Alexander and George Ouchterlony, merchants in London, and with Patrick McIntyre, his factor in Ardnamurchan, 1724-69
Vol. VII Papers (a few printed), mostly financial and legal (bonds, obligations, discharges, rentals, accounts, etc.), many concerning the lead mines. At the beginning are a few earlier papers, 1688-1750
Level Fonds
Extent 7 volumes
Arrangement Volumes I -IV contain mainly Sir Alexander's correspondence, V-VI mainly that of Charles, while VII contains formal papers of both (see also Ch.A.132-42). The letters are mostly arranged by correspondents.
Related Material Other papers of this family are in the British Museum Addit MS.29269.
Associated Persons
DS/UK/25094Murray of Stanhope

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