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Collection MS.5209 - Forfeited Estates: letters and memorabilia

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GB 233 MS.5209


Forfeited Estates: letters and memorabilia


  • 1785-1820 (Creation)

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Mackenzie family of Ross-shire (1633-1812)

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The Mackezies of Seaforth owned the Isles of Lewis from 1610 until its sale to James Matheson in 1844. As well as owning the Lewis estate, they also held property in Ayr, Kirkcudbright, Ross and Wigtown and Lincoln, England.

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Letters and memoranda written by the descendants of peers attainted in the 1715 Rising in an attempt to recover their titles and estates, mostly from the Earl of Mar, addressed apparently to the Earl of Seaforth, 1785 - 1794; Notes and copies of opinions on the succession to five peerages attainted in the 1715 and 1745 Risings, 1761 - 1820; Miscellaneous notes on peerages, n.d

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  • English

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Digital item level catalogue available through the National Library of Scotland Manuscripts Catalogue at

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