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Collection MS.2958 - MacPhearson-MacAulay letters

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GB 233 MS.2958


MacPhearson-MacAulay letters


  • 1743-1764 (Creation)

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John Macphearson, minister (1743-1764)

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John Macpherson was minister at Sleat, Isle of Skye

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John Macaulay, minister (1743-1764)

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John Macaulay was successively minister of South Uist, Lismore, Inveraray and Cardross.

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Kenneth MacAulay, minister (1743-1764)

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Kenneth Macaulay was John MacAulay’s brother and minister of Harris, Ardnamurchan and Cawdor as well as being a historian of St Kilda.

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Letters between John MacPhearson and John MacAulay, and his brother Kenneth MacAulay.
The letters deal with the personal concerns of the correspondents and their neighbours, local church affairs and literary matters. The collection includes a letter of John Macpherson to Alexander Macdonald of Boisdale, 1749 and one of Donald Macleod, an Anglo-Indian settled at Achangol, near Inverary in 1797 describing his experiences on coming home and his activities in farming

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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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