CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 2547
TitleAutograph letters from the library at Tarradale House
Date1856 - 1925
Extent19 items (0.01 linear metres)
Administrative HistoryTarradale House and its land on the Black Isle, near Beauly, Inverness, first belonged to the Mackenzies of Applecross, and then, by a family connection, to the Murchisons. The estate was sold to Baillie of Dochfour in 1818, but the Murchisons maintained a connection with the house. In 1900 Miss Amy Frances Yule, a relation by marriage of the Murchisons, purchased the estate, after being tenant there from 1896. She remodelled and renovated the house, added a walled garden, outhouses and library block, and died in 1916. She had travelled with her father Henry Yule and made a point of collecting books as she went, and was an excellent linguist and scholar. The library she established was huge, and strong in natural sciences, military and Scottish history. Her will established the Murchison of Tarradale Memorial Trust to preserve the house and grounds for the nation with provision for her grave and that of her cousin Harriet Murchison to be properly looked after on the site. The house was lent to Scottish universities for research projects but the conditions of the will allowed no experiments on live animals there. Members of the public could also stay in the house, but they had to be British, Christian, of good character and in good health to stay, and should preferably be students and of Scottish descent or birth. In 1958 the Trust, finding that upkeep was difficult, conveyed the endowment to Aberdeen University as a field centre, and it was renovated and still used as such at least up to 1985.
SourceTarradale House.

The collection was acquired by the University through Professor O'Dell on 22 March 1960.
DescriptionLetter referring to publication concerning the government of districts in India, 1856; letter, in Italian, written by F. Firzi, 1872; two letters written in French by Philarete Charles, 1873, and a letter from his wife, also in French, 1873; letter written by Sergeant A. Fraser to J. F. Campbell enclosing samples of sand and shell with sketch, 1877; complimentary enclosure from Dr. Birdwood, India Office, to Colonel H. Yule, 1880; letter from Richard F. Burton to Colonel Yule thanking him for assistance, 1881; letter from Euan MacColl, Canada, to J. Stuart Blackie, 1886; letter written by W. Showell Rogers to Reverend W. Tuckwell respecting works of Richard Drayton, 1887; letter from James Sawyer to Sir Henry Acland, 1897; circular letter written in French to Professor Robert Atkinson, University of Dublin, respecting publication of first volume of proceedings of 11th 'Congres International des Orientalistes', 1898; letter from Archibald Geikie to Mr. Dakyns, 1907; complimentary letter from Grafton Street, London, to Miss Yule with copy of book by author D. S. Petri Damiani, c. 1915; letter from Miss Angela W. Paton to Mrs M. K. G. Warrand, Tarradale House, supplying details of estimated cost of copying Tarradale catalogue, 1921; letter written by Amy Cowan, Tarradale, to Mr. Mackenzie giving thanks for being allowed to spend a holiday at Tarradale and supplying the particulars of a book omitted from the catalogue, 1925; draft letter to Sir Kenneth Mackenzie discussing the cataloguing of the library (at Tarradale), undated; incomplete letter to unknown correspondent referring to particular area of land, undated.
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.
LanguageEnglish and French
Physical DescriptionNo physical conditions affecting use of collection.
Related MaterialMS 2547 - 2556
Finding AidsTyped list also available in deposit file.
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