CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 2414
TitleJames Forbes of Seaton and his family: personal and household accounts
Date1782 - 1861
Extent2 files (0.03 linear metres)
Administrative HistoryJames Forbes of Seaton (d. 1839) married Margaret Gordon, daughter of Rear Admiral William Gordon, and had one daughter, Elizabeth (d. 30 September 1861), who was heiress to Seaton House, located on the outskirts of Aberdeen.

Lord James Hay of Seaton House (1788-1862) was the younger son of George Hay, 7th Marquis of Tweeddale, and Lady Hannah Maitland, daughter of the Earl of Lauderdale. He was colonel of the 86th Regiment of Foot and a general in the army, at one time A.D.C. to the Duke of Wellington. He married Elizabeth Forbes, daughter and heiress to James Forbes of Seaton, in 1813.

Major Malcolm V. Hay of Seaton (1881-1963), a grandson of Lord and Lady James Hay, was a historian who came from a noted Aberdeen Catholic family. He wrote ‘A Chain of Error in Scottish History’ (London, 1928) which identified misleading Scottish Protestant historians. He also worked on the history of Blairs College, Aberdeenshire. He married as his second wife Alice Ivy, Mrs Moncrieff Paterson. He was awarded an honorary LL.D. by Aberdeen University in 1950, and left his papers to the University library at his death in 1963.
SourceMajor Hay gave these papers to the library in 1962. A memorial plaque at the entrance to King's College Library to Major Hay commemorating the benefactions to the Library by himself and his widow was unveiled by Mrs. Hay in April 1967 [see Aberdeen University Review xiii. 170-171].
DescriptionReceipted accounts for personal, household and family expenses of Mr. and Mrs. James Forbes, 1782-1826; Receipted accounts of Mrs. James Forbes, 1833-1834; Receipted accounts for Lord and Lady James Hay, 1829-1861.
AppraisalThis material has been appraised in line with normal procedures.
AccrualsNone expected.
ArrangementThe accounts concerning Mr. and Mrs. Forbes and their family are listed first (MS 2414/1-104), followed by those concerning Lord and Lady James Hay (MS 2414/106-142). The order in each group is in the main chronological, according to the date of settlement, if known, when a bill covers a period; but when several accounts have been rendered by the same person or firm these are grouped together under the date of the earliest.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Physical DescriptionThe papers are in a good state of preservation, although several are in need of minor repairs.
Related MaterialMS 2253: Papers of Forbes and Hay families of Seaton.

A. and H. Tayler, 'The House of Forbes' (Third Spalding Club, 1937).
Georgiana C. Williams (nee Hay), 'The Ancestral Home of the Hays of Seaton', Aberdeen University Review, xiii. 133-135.
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