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Collection GD46 - Mackenzie Family, Earls of Seaforth (Seaforth Papers)

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GB 234 GD46


Mackenzie Family, Earls of Seaforth (Seaforth Papers)


  • 1467-1949 (Creation)

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21.58 linear metres

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Mackenzie family of Ross-shire (1633-1812)

Biographical history

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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GD46/1 Legal and estate papers (see also GD46/17)
GD46/1/1-116: Legal papers: Mainland estates (Brahan, etc.) and general papers, 1737-1912
GD46/1/117-140: Legal papers: Lewis, 1781-1844
GD46/1/141-211: Legal and estate: Seaforth Trust papers and accounts, 1800-1860
GD46/1/212-213: Estate papers: Two bound volumes of Mainland and Lewis leases, 1765-1795
GD46/1/214-266: Estate papers: Mainland leases and realted papers, 1791-1860
GD46/1/267-323: Estate papers: Lewis leases and related papers, 1753-1836
GD46/1/324-344: Estate papers: Rentals and related papers - Mainland estates and Lewis, 1765-1842
GD46/1/345-410: Estate papers: Correspondence and other papers - Brahan, (arranged according to the predominating bias, but may include incidental references to other topics) 1792-1939
GD46/1/411-520: Estate papers: Accounts - Brahan, 1784-1850
GD46/1/521-547: Estate papers: Papers - Lewis, 1791-1844
GD46/1/548-586: Estate papers: Accounts - Lewis, 1786-1835
GD46/1/587-589, RHP10545-10548: Estate papers: Maps and Plans, 1824
GD46/1/590-597: Estate papers: Accounts and papers relating to taxation, 1786-1836
GD46/1/598-635: Estate papers: Business letters and accounts, including banking, etc., 1785-1861

GD46/2 Glasserton and Muirkirk papers
GD46/2/1-8: Legal papers: Titles, 1778-1819
GD46/2/9-10: Legal papers: Feus - Muirkirk, 1790-1813
GD46/2/11-20: Legal papers: Tacks - Glasserton, 1783-1812
GD46/2/21-22: Legal papers: Tacks - Muirkirk, 1770-1816
GD46/2/23-35: Legal papers: Papers relating to the Muirkirk Iron Company, 1789-1827
GD46/2/36-61: Legal papers: Papers relating to the marriage of Admiral Keith Stewart of Glasserton and to his Trust estate, 1782-1834
GD46/2/62-64: Legal papers: Miscellaneous, 1812-1814
GD46/2/65: Estate papers: Rental - Glasserton, 1795-1799
GD46/2/66-70: Estate papers: Rental - Muirkirk, 1795-1826
GD46/2/71-74: Estate papers: Correspondence - Glasserton and Muirkirk, 1789-1818
GD46/2/75-96: Estate papers: Accounts - Glasserton and Muirkirk, 1795-1834
GD46/2/97-100: Estate papers: Teinds and Heritors' records, 1785-1827
GD46/2/101-106: Estate papers: Personal papers, 1782-1834

GD46/3 Richmond papers
GD46/3/1-18, Richmond papers, 1834-1843

GD46/4 Papers relating to public and local affairs
GD46/4/1-26: General political and Parliamentary papers, 1789-1921
GD46/4/27-32: Foreign affairs, 1803-1836
GD46/4/33-55: Political reform, 1791-1837
GD46/4/56-85: Papers on legislation and proposed legislative reforms (including factory laws), 1809-1848
GD46/4/86-117: Papers relating to revenue, expenditure and taxation (including papers on the Corn Laws and papers on Political economy), 1784-1836
GD46/4/118-182: Papers relating to Elections, 1782-1906
GD46/4/183-195: Papers relatign to patronage, letters of introduction, public functions, public addresses, public subscriptions etc. (including Burgess acts), 1786-1856
GD46/4/196-231: Papers relating to local affairs: General papers, 1791-1856
GD46/4/232-259: Papers relating to local affairs: Papers relating to the administration of justice, courts, jails and police, 1793-1856
GD46/4/260-276: Papers relating to local affairs: Lewis, 1628-1836

GD46/5 Miscellaneous papers of historical interest
GD46/5/1-5: Miscellaneous papers of historical interest, 1613-1863

GD46/6 Militia, Military and Naval papers
GD46/6/1-2: General militia papers, 1795-1807
GD46/6/3-21: Wigtonshire militia papers, 1808-1816
GD46/6/22-83A: Highland militia and military papers, 1791-1860
GD46/6/84-97: Military papers relating to Keith, Francis and George Stewart Mackenzie, 1836-1844
GD46/6/97A-127: Miscellaneous papers, military and naval, 1715-1914

GD46/7 Barbados papers
GD46/7/1-17: Barbados papers, 1800-1842

GD46/8 Papers relating to India
GD46/8/1-34: Papers relating to India, 1813-1836

GD46/9 Paper relating to Ceylon (see also Appendix II in paper catalogue for Seaforth papers related to Ceylon despatched to the Ceylon Historical Manuscripts Commission, 11 May 1951)
GD46/9/1-47: Papers relating to Ceylon, 1824-1849

GD46/10 Papers relating to Ionian Islands
GD46/10/1-42: Political papers, 1801-1843
GD46/10/43-48: Papers concerning the public finances, 1840-1843
GD46/10/49-57: Papers concerning the police, militia and public order, 1820-1842
GD46/10/58-78: Papers relating to economic and social matters and local administration, 1825-1843
GD46/10/79-89: Personal correspondence, 1841-1845
GD46/10/90-95: Miscellaneous papers, 1840-1845

GD46/11 Papers relating to Canada, Newfoundland and the West Indies
GD46/11/1: Papers relating to Canada, Newfoundland and the West Indies

GD46/12 Papers relating to churches and schools
GD46/12/1: 'Ministers and Schoolmasters' relating to Ross and Lewis, 1785-1791
GD46/12/2-25: Highland churches, 1792-1908
GD46/12/26-50: Lewis churches, 1792-1844
GD46/12/51-89: General and miscellaneous Ecclesiastical papers, 1719-1839
GD46/12/90-93: Papers relating to education: Universities, 1826-1835
GD46/12/94-105: Papers relating to education: General papers on education, 1830-1853
GD46/12/106-133: Papers relating to education: Highland schools, 1800-1839
GD46/12/134-150: Papers relating to education: Lewis schools, 1817-1839

GD46/13 Economic and sociological papers
GD46/13/1-6: Communication: Roads and bridges: General papers, 1772-1836
GD46/13/7-19: Communication: Roads and bridges: Roads in the south of Scotland (mostly Wigtown and Kirkcudbright), 1772-1836
GD46/13/20-51: Communication: Roads and bridges: Highland roads, 1798-1853
GD46/13/52-57: Communication: Roads and bridges: Lewis roads, 1791-1835
GD46/13/58: Communication: Roads and bridges: Miscellaneous, n.d.
GD46/13/59-68: Communication: Railways, 1831-1836
GD46/13/69-71: Communication: Canals, 1790-1832
GD46/13/72-77: Communication: Steamship services, 1821-1836
GD46/13/78-98: Communication: Harbours and Quays (mainly Lewis), waterworks and other public undertakings, 1815-1836
GD46/13/99-108: Communication: Post office and mail services, 1756-1846
GD46/13/109-111: Economic and survey reports, 1815
GD46/13/112-116: Industry and commerce, 1790-1840
GD46/13/117-125: Distilleries (mainly Lewis), 1818-1835
GD46/13/126-135: Kelp, 1799-1837
GD46/13/136-143: Agriculture, 1794-1836
GD46/13/144-154: Fisheries, 1787-1836
GD46/13/155-162: General sociological papers, 1793-1836
GD46/13/163-207: Poor relief, prison discipline, highland destitution and emigration, 1787-1847
GD46/13/208-216: Public health, 1812-1835

GD46/14 Genealogical papers
GD46/14/1-23: Genealogical papers, 1725-1922

GD46/15 Personal, family and household papers
GD46/15/1-130: Correspondence, 1790-1860
GD46/15/131-156: Miscellaneous papers,
GD46/15/157-268: Accounts, 1781-1900
GD46/15/269-288: Diaries, commonplace books, journals and journals of travels etc., 1777-1843

GD46/16 Miscellaneous papers
GD46/16/1-29, Miscellaneous papers, 1787-1922

GD46/17 Miscellaneous bound volumes
GD46/17/1-83, Volumes relating to most of the above topics (particularly to Barbados)

GD46/18 Additional Seaforth papers (deposited by John C. Brodie & Sons, W.S.)
GD46/18/1-42: Fairburn titles, 1542-1868
GD46/18/43-84: Wellwood titles, 1527-1771
GD46/18/85-103: Seaforth titles and other legal documents, 1734-1874
GD46/18/104-122: Title deeds of Conon salmon fishing (and of estate of Cromarty), 1819-1863
GD46/18/123-126: Arcan titles, 1692-1708
GD46/18/127-137: Miscellaneous titles, 1543-1849
GD46/18/138-143: Documents relating to Lewis, 1628-1774
GD46/18/144-145: Political papers, 1649-1650
GD46/18/146-147: Economic papers, 1632
GD46/18/148-155: Bonds and agreements, 1650-1876
GD46/18/156-158: Rentals, 1756-1845
GD46/18/159: Teinds, 1864
GD46/18/160-164: Legal, estate and personal accounts and expenses, 1845-1873
GD46/18/165: Inventories, 1786-1909

GD46/19 Legal papers regarding disentail etc. of the Seaforth estate
GD46/19/1: Volume containing copies of deeds relating to the Seaforth estate (formerly part of the office records of Messrs Lakes & Co), 1865-1873
GD46/19/2: Four boxes of legal papers and correspondence relating to the disentail and resettlement of the Seaforth estate and administration of the Seaforth trust, 1868-1876

GD46/19A: Seaforth papers relating to Ceylon, 1815-1844 [Now in the National Archives of Sri Lanka]

GD46/20 Seaforth muniments (additional)
GD46/20/ 1-10: Boxes of miscellaneous writs, 1555-1885

GD46/21 Seaforth muniments (additional, deposited 19 Apr 1970)
GD46/21/1-23: Additional Seaforth muniments

GD46/22 Additional Seaforth Papers (deposited by John C Brodie and Sons, WS, 1986), 1662-1949
GD46/22/1-25 Includes rental ledgers, 1881-1946; records of fish caught, 1881-1949; charters, bonds and other legal papers, 1662-19th century; Seaforth Sanatorium Trust Account Book, 1933-1939; and papers regarding the Loch Ussie Reclamation Scheme, 1885-1939.

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