CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 2499
TitlePapers of the Gordon family of Craig Castle and Auchindoir, Aberdeenshire
Date1511 - 1730
Extent5 items
Creator NameGordon family of Craig Castle and Auchindoir, Aberdeenshire (fl 16th - 19th century)
Administrative HistoryCraig Castle, situated in Auchindoir and Kearn parish, West Aberdeenshire, dates from 1528, possibly earlier, with later additions in 1667, 1726, and 1832. It was the seat of a branch of the Gordon family from the early 17th century.
SourceA box of manuscripts from Craig Castle (comprising 135 writs, charters and other papers) was deposited in the University on 29 June 1959, for listing and appraisal. They were returned to the owner on 8 April 1971. Photocopies of the 5 items described above were retained by the University at this time, together with a detailed inventory of the complete collection. The photocopies appear to have been made as an aid to transcription whilst the records were being listed, and not, apparently, selected for any special historical significance which they may have held within the collection.
DescriptionSmall collection of writs and charters relating to Craig Castle and Auchindoir, Aberdeenshire, 1511-1730:

Charter of confirmation granted at Elphinstoun, by Alexander Elphinston, eldest son of Alexander, Master of Elphinston of Barra, Baron of Kildrummy, in favour of William Gordon of Craig and Clara Cheyne, his wife, respecting the town and lands of Contlach and Auchenleith, in the parish of Auchendoir, Aberdeenshire, 30 June 1596. [see MS 2499/44 for more detailed description]

Letters of procuratory granted at Silverfoord, by John Gordon of Craig, son and heir of the late William Gordon of Craig, appointing Lewis Somervell as his procurator to appear before his superiors, Lord Elphinston and Alexander, Master of Elphinston, and resign into their hands the lands of Contlach, in favour of his son, John Gordon, younger, fiar of Craig, 21 April 1620. [see MS 2499/49 for more detailed description]

Charter of confirmation containing a novodamus, granted at Kildrummy and Edzell, by John, Earl of Mar, of Erskine and Garioch, Treasurer of Scotland, and his son, John Lord Erskine, in which the lands of Contlach in the barony of Kildrummy, previously held of Lord Elphinston and his son, Alexander, Master of Elphinston as superiors, by John Gordon, younger of Craig, are now granted by Mar and Erskine as superiors for the same annual payment of 25 merks, 17 and 25 September 1626. [see MS 2499/52 for more detailed description]

Precept of clare constant granted at Edinburgh, by James Erskine of Grange and David Erskine of Dun, Senators of the College of Justice, meantime hereditory proprietors of the Earldom of Mar, in favour of John Gordon of Craig, 3 August 1730. [see MS 2499/61 for more detailed description]

Charter granted at Aberdeen, by Sir Alexander Irvine of Drum, to William Gordon, son of Patrick Gordon of Johnsleys, respecting to lands of Auchindoir, Fulziemond and Creak, 11 April 1511. [see MS 2499/66 for more detailed description]
AppraisalThis material has been appraised in line with normal procedures.
AccrualsNone expected.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Physical DescriptionPhotocopies
OriginalsThe original records were returned to the owner in 1971.
Finding AidsDetailed list in deposit file
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