CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 1016
TitleDocuments relating to the Jacobite period in Aberdeen including oaths of abjuration and loyalty
Date1757 - 1794
Extent0.04 linear metres
SourceThis was gifted by William McCombie Alexander, (1880-1959), polymath, to the Library in 1934. The donor bought them as a lot in 1932, without provenance. Alexander was born around 1880 in Aberdeen, the son of the editor of Aberdeen Free Press. After graduating MA in 1900 and BL in 1903 from Aberdeen University, W.M. Alexander also worked for the Free Press until its amalgamation with the Aberdeen Journal in 1922. He then decided to devote his time to scholarship, and travelled extensively, particularly in Soviet Russia. He was a polymath, with interests in history, geology and botany but with a particular facility for languages. Gaelic philology was a speciality, and he published ‘Placenames of Aberdeenshire’ for the Third Spalding Club in 1952. He accompanied a University scientific expedition to Omsk in Siberia in 1936 to observe a total solar eclipse. He was a qualified lawyer with a deep knowledge of mediaeval canon law and of the history of European universities. He was a President of Aberdeen Philosophical Society. For relaxation, he mountaineered, particularly in the Cairngorms and the Andes. He was awarded an honorary LL.D. by the University in 1952, and died in 1959.
DescriptionFive documents relating to the Jacobite period in Aberdeen: Oath of abjuration, 1757; Oath of abjuration, 1760; Oath of allegiance, 1776; Oath of abjuration, 1784; Declaration of loyalty, 1794.
AccrualsNone expected.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Physical DescriptionNo physical conditions affecting use of collection.
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