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Country Code GB
Repository Code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference GB234/GD51
Title Papers of the Dundas Family of Melville, Viscounts Melville (Melville Castle Papers)
Dates 1628-1939
Access Status Open
Description Letters and papers on state and public affairs, including, Government, Parliament and politics, and constitutional matters, including applications for peerages and other marks of favour, 1778-1830, Correspondence between Lord Melville and his son, Robert Dundas, 1801-1811, Parliamentary elections: Scotland, including Peers' Elections, 1770-1879, Parliamentary elections: England and Ireland, [1790]-1830, Royal letters, 1793-1830, General and local administration, 1761-1847, Irish affairs, 1791-1829, Social, economic, commercial and revenue matters, 1752-1839, Colonial and foreign affairs, 1782-1874, Military and naval matters and operations, [1787]-1861, Buonaparte's expedition to Egypt and the Egyptian campaign, 1798-1802, Malta, 1798-1805, Militia, fencibles, volunteers and arrangements for local defence, 1778-1831, Royal Midlothian Volunteer Cavalry, 1808-1825.

Letters and papers on Admiralty and naval affairs, including, Policy and departmental administration; projects and inventions; correspondence with officers on particular service (including foreign), 1782-1866, Statistical and similar accounts and reports, and fleet dispositions, 1783-1861, Dockyards, barracks, and naval works and installations, 1788-1866, Recruitment, 1788-1814, Mutinies at the Nore, etc., 1795-1797, Coastal defence, 1799-1858, Detention of Buonaparte and his conveyance to St. Helena, 1815, Correspondence with Admirals Nelson, Saumarez, Young, Hope, Fremantle and Malcolm, 1804-1830, Correspondence of Vice Admiral Sir Richard Saunders Dundas, son of 2nd Viscount Melville, 1824-1861, Correspondence of Robert Dundas, later 4th Viscount Melville, while successively Commissioner, Deputy Comptroller and Storekeeper General of the Navy, 1825-1867, Patronage, appointments, promotions, pensions and miscellaneous applications, 1781-1844. Letter books, containing letters from Lord Melville or his secretaries on admiralty business, 1812-1830.

Documents relating to the East India Company, Board of Control, India and the East Indies, including Cape of Good Hope, including, Letters from Lord Mornington, later Marquis Wellesley, Governor General, to Henry Dundas, 1797-1805, Letters from David Scott of Dunninald, sometime Chairman of the Company, to Henry Dundas, 1787-[1800], Administration, the Company's civil service, and Board of Control affairs, 1753-1860, Finance, revenue, agriculture, commerce and shipping, 1784-1813, Military and naval matters and operations, 1782-1872, Matters relating to individual provinces, 1781-1830, Relations with and policy towards other countries, 1796-1810, Elections to the direction of the Company, ballots at East India House, 1786-1844, Miscellaneous documents, [1785]-1818. Patronage (East India Company): civil and military appointments and recommendations to the East Indies, including Cape of Good Hope, 1781-1830.

Letters and papers on Scottish affairs, including, Local affairs, including politics and local government, 1784-1940, Social, economic, commercial and revenue matters, 1773-1843, Customs and Excise and Revenue appointments, etc., including patronage, 1781-1826, Law offices and legal affairs, [1775]-1842, Communications, 1784-1849, Churches, schools, universities and colleges, 1789-1847, Miscellaneous documents, 1783-1825.

Military and Civil Patronage, 1780-1882; Applications for pensions on the Scottish Civil List and for pecuniary relief, 1781-1882.

Correspondence, including, letters on personal and family matters to: Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville, 1830-1851; Lady Melville, wife of 2nd Viscount Melville, 1831-1841; Ann Dundas, daughter of 2nd Viscount Melville, 1831-1848; Jane Dundas, daughter of 2nd Viscount Melville, 1823-1857; Richard Saunders Dundas, son of 2nd Viscount Melville, 1824-1858; Henry Dundas, 3rd Viscount Melville, 1827-1871; Robert Dundas, 4th Viscount Melville, 1811-1886; Henry Dundas, 5th Viscount Melville, 1886-1889; Charles Dundas, 6th Viscount Melville, Henry Dundas, 7th Viscount Melville, and Robert M. Dundas, 1907-1937. Miscellaneous correspondence, mainly of topics of minor or personal interest (subscriptions to volumes, charitable institutions, etc.), 1781-1928.

Legal, financial and estate letters and papers, including those for: Dunira estate, 1808-1811, Melville Castle estate, 1746-1939, Cotterstock estate, Northamptonshire, 1830-1889; accounts and receipts for: legal business, 1789-1938, financial business, 1799-1824, Dunira estate and household, 1783-1826, Melville Castle estate and household, 1804-1936, Cotterstock, Northamptonshire, estate and household, 1841-1927; personal and miscellaneous accounts and receipts, 1788-1936; personal and household accounts of Robert Dundas, 4th Viscount Melville, 1829-1876.

Printed sermons and other pamphlets on religious subjects, 1628-1847. Miscellaneous printed material, including plates, engravings and photographs, 17th-20th cents.

Maps and plans (RHP2059-3232, 6699, 86185), 1753-1933, including, volume of plans of Melville Castle by James Playfair (RHP6699), 1786-1791.
Level Fonds
Extent 31.66 Linear metres
Finding Aids Typescript catalogue available in National Archives of Scotland
Format Manuscript
Language English
Related Material It must be emphasised that this collection of papers from Melville Castle represents only part of the Melville muniments, wide dispersal having been effected by sales, numerous references to which may be found in the `MSS. Migrations' section of the 'Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research.' An account of this dispersal is given in an article in the 'The American Archivist', Oct. 1963.

The most up to date published list of Melville papers in other archives is in 'Papers of British Cabinet Ministers, 1782-1900', The Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, (London, 1981). There are only a very few omissions, as follows:

Location: National Records of Scotland. Reference: GD235

Location: Institute of South Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 4, USA. Reference: per Dr Holden Furber.

Location: Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Reference: per Dr Holden Furber.

Location: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA. Reference: Charles Ames Deposit

Location: Archives Departementales de la Vienne, Poitiers, France.
Archival History This collection was purchased for the National Records of Scotland in 2012, with funding from the Scottish Government and a generous grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

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