CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 2549
TitlePapers relating to building work at Tarradale House
Date1902 - 1911
Extent65 items (0.06 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.
DescriptionCollection of letters, memoranda and accounts relating to building work and refurbishments carried out at Tarradale House, including a number of estimates supplied by various local firms, and communications between Miss A. F. Yule and her architect William C. Joass from Dingwall. The majority of the accounts have been signed and dated acknowledging payment and list in detail the work carried out by each contractor at Tarradale House.
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 DescriptionThe majority of the items have been torn in half at some stage and repaired with sellotape.
Related MaterialMS 2547 - 2556, MS 2547, MS 2548
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