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Country Code GB
Repository Code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference GB234/GD112
Title Breadalbane Muniments
Dates 1306-20th century
Access Status Open
Description Titles to lands in Argyll, Perthshire, Dumbartonshire, Stirling, Staffordshire, 1329-1910.

Estate and household papers, including: rentals, 1555-1886; tacks, 1551-1915; petitions from tenants and related papers, 1716-1862; estate improvements, 1728-1918; factors' accounts, reports and vouchers, 1617-1919; factors' correspondence, 1791-1866; general estate correspondence, 1788-1883; estate papers regarding Weem, Perthshire, 1705-1814; vouchers of estate accounts, for Sugnall, Staffordshire, 1759-1769, papers relating to the estate of Langton, Berwickshire, 1799-1869; vouchers for improvement to Taymouth Castle, 1814-1820; papers relating to buildings at Taymouth and Kenmore, 1712-1875; papers relating to the garden at Taymouth, 1695-1807, furnishing accounts for Taymouth and the Park Lane house, 19th century; London furnishing accounts for Taymouth, 19th century; household accounts and account books, 1664-1913; inventories of furniture, (at Edinample; Finlarig; Balloch; Kilchurn; Achallader; Glenorchy; Barcaldine; Edinburgh; Shian; Thurso East; Holyroodhouse; Taymouth; Meikleour; Foley House, Cavendish Square, London; 21 Park Lane, London; Auchlyne; Langton; Bolfracks factor's office), 1595-1886.

Legal and financial papers, including: legal papers relating to salmon fishing in Loch Etive, Glenlyon, Loch Tay, Loch Dochart, the west coast and Loch Awe, 1610-1920; court books of bailie court of Disher and Toyer, 1573-1748 (with gaps); bonds, discharges and related papers, 1548-1914; bonds of manrent, fosterage and respite, 1538-1710; marriage contracts and related papers, 1439-1863; wills and related documents, 1541-1867; pensions and charity, 1662-1867; law papers, 1579-1902; English law papers 1662-1814; papers relating to legal searches, 1681-1788; papers of the First and Second Breadalbane trusts, 1770-1875; legal accounts, 1605-1920; papers relating to banking, insurance and stocks, 1640-1871; papers relating to crown revenues and taxation, 1541-1899; executry papers of William Maxwell of Preston, father of Wilielma Maxwell, lady Glenorchy, 1740-1760; legal correspondence and accounts due to Davidson and Syme, 1804-1893; sederunt book of commissioners of late George, 3rd earl of Aberdeen, 1801-1810; Edinburgh accounts, 1723-1861; travel accounts, 1719-1861.

Correspondence, c.1550-1915, including: correspondence of Colin Campbell of Glenurquhay, subjects include the Clan Gregor, [1559]-1583; correspondence of Sir Duncan Campbell of Glenurquhay, subjects include the Clan Gregor and the proposed marriage between Lady Jane Drummond and Archibald, 7th Earl of Argyll, 1581/2-1631; correspondence of Sir Colin Campbell of Glenurquhay, subjects include the Civil War and its build up, domestic matters, imprisonment and subsequent release of Lord Lowdoun in the Tower of London, 1604-1640; correspondence of John, 1st Earl of Breadalbane, 1655-1716, subjects include his marriage to Mary Rich, 1657, the annexation of Caithness and subsequent retraction, 1676-1682, process of treason against him for invading Caithness, 1682-1683, his negotiations on behalf of King William III in the Highlands, 1691, the massacre at Glencoe, 1692, election of representative peers, 1708; secretaries' correspondence, 1794-1860; correspondence of the Mercers of Aldie, 1757-1775; letter books, 1705-1856; wet letter books kept by Sir Alexander Campbell of Barcaldine on behalf of lord Breadalbane, 1845-1856; royal letters, (writers include Mary, queen of Scots, James VI, Charles I and II, William III, Victoria and Albert and several of their children), 1566-1863.

Papers relating to local and public affairs, including: papers relating to the civil war, 1637-1648; invasion of Caithness, 1679-1683; Jacobite attempts at invasion; John, 1st Earl of Breadalbane's imprisonment in Edinburgh Castle, 1695-1696; his involvement in the '15; papers relating to mines and minerals, 1628-1915; local politics, elections and freeholders, 1622-1855; roads and bridges in Perthshire and Argyllshire, c.1733-1920; canals, bridges and navigation, 1701-1896, including, Kenmore bridge, 1771-4, Crinan Canal, 1792-1861, bridge at Comrie Castle, 1784-1830, bazaar at Aberfeldy to raise money for a bridge over the Lyon at Comrie ferry, 1896, proposed canal from Perth to Lochearn, 1793-1809, yacht 'Dream', 1850-1857, sale of the 'Galley of Lorn', 1862-1863; General Prison, Perth, 1839-1857; Oban prison 1856-1861; Queen Victoria's visit to Taymouth in September 1842; churches, teinds, schools, and general ecclesiastical papers, 1456-1912; Peers' elections 1708-1858; papers of John, lord Glenorchy, as ambassador to Denmark, 1719-1731; papers relating to John, 3rd earl of Breadalbane, as warden of the royal forests south of Trent, 1757-1765.

Military papers, including: papers relating to the regular army and militia and volunteer regiments, 1706-1904; garrison of Dumbarton Castle, 1688-1691; papers relating to the 40th [or Second Somerset] regiment of foot, including muster rolls, 1775-1785; papers relating to the Breadalbane Fencibles, including, correspondence, 1790-1799, accounts, 1792-1799, courts martial, 1793-1799, muster rolls, 1793-1979, rolls and returns, 1793-1799, papers regarding recruitment, 1793-1799; papers relating to the Breadalbane Volunteers, 1799-1833, including, correspondence, 1800-1833; papers relating to the Argyll and Bute Militia and Lieutenancy of Argyll, 1840-1862; military accounts due by Gavin Campbell of Glenfalloch, later 6th earl of Breadalbane, 1838-53.

Papers relating to railways, including: Scottish and Central Railway, 1827-1865; Scottish Grand Junction Railway, 1845-1865; Strathtay and Breadalbane Extension Railway, 1845-1856; Callander and Oban Railway, 1856-1915; Glenfalloch Railway, 1887-1888; West Highland Railway, 1885-1907; Lochearnhead, St Fillans and Comrie Railway, 1897-1907; Easdale Light Railway, 1900-1901; miscellaneous railway papers, 1845-1919.

Genealogical papers, 16th-19th century, including, ms original of 'Black Book of Taymouth', c.1598.

Topographical, estate, railway and architectural plans, (RHP564-576, 716-721, 960-976, 30488-30491, 38009, 38289-38291, 40666-40675, 40826-40833, 41084-41096, 45266-45280, 92884-93023), 18th-20th century.
Level Fonds
Extent 95.03 Linear metres
Finding Aids Typescript catalogue available in National Archives of Scotland
Publication Note The article on 'Campbell, Earls of Breadalbane' in the 'Scots Peerage' vol.ii, provides the best account of the family and its estates, based partly on muniments. Selected documents were printed in 'The Black Book of Taymouth' with other papers from the Breadalbane Charter Room (Bannatyne Club, 1855, reprinted as 'Kilchurn Heritage: The Black Book of Taymouth', c.1985). These are noted at the appropriate places in this catalogue, except for one item, the 16th century 'Chronicle of Fortingall' which was not deposited in the NRS and which has not been located. Other documents are printed in W A Gillies 'In Famed Breadalbane' (1938), and Duncan Campbell, 'The Lairds of Glenlyon' (2nd ed. 1984). The letters in GD112/39/1-15 have been published by Jane E Dawson, 'Clan Campbell Letters 1559-1583', (Scottish History Society, 5th series, Edinburgh, 1997) and her transcripts may also be seen at www.div.ed.ac.uk/research/Breadalbane/index.htm.
Format Manuscript
Language English
Related Material GD1/641
Papers relating to James MacDonald, ground officer on Breadalbane estate, 1818-1944. GD1/1004
Papers relating to Auchmore House, Killin, 1910-12. GD13 Campbell of Balliveolan
Includes correspondence relating to the Breadalbane Fencibles. GD50 John MacGregor collection
Contains a variety of miscellaneous Campbell papers, including Glenorchy rentals and the Breadalbane Fencibles, along with a volume of transcripts from a Glenorchy household book, 1659-71, originally part of the Breadalbane collection, sold at the beginning of this century, and another volume of transcripts of some of the correspondence. This latter item is useful as some of the transcripts are now a lot easier to read than the rather battered originals. CH2/129/25 Edinburgh Lady Glenorchy's chapel, later kirk session Diary kept by Willielma Maxwell, lady Glenorchy, [daughter in law of John, 3rd earl of Breadalbane,] founder of the chapel, 1768-83, with other papers relating to her life and chapel. NRAS176 Wrest Park MSS presently [1993] held by the Bedfordshire Record Office
Grey and Grantham papers, the families being related to the Breadalbanes by first marriage of John, 3rd earl of Breadalbane, to Amabel, co-heir of Henry Grey, duke of Kent, in 1718, and Jemima, their daughter, sui jure marchioness Grey, wife of Philip Yorke, later 2nd earl of Hardwicke. NRAS1522 Papers of Mrs Kirkland, Edinburgh
Bundles 1-3 contain material relative to the Campbells of Glenorchy, mainly 17th century correspondence, 1428-1914. NRAS2238 Papers of Mrs A Francis, Lady Ironside and Mrs Aliga-Kelly Papers inherited by the owners through their descent from Lady Mary Campbell, younger daughter of John, 1st marquess of Breadalbane, wife of Richard Plantagent, marquess of Chandos, later 2nd duke of Buckingham.
Some of these papers originally formed part of the Breadalbane collection, and relate to estates of Breadalbane, Langton and Buckingham, 18th-19th century.

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