CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 2564
TitleLetters and papers concerning Aberdeen or persons from, or educated in, the city
Date1707 - 1934
Extent4 bundles (0.03 linear metres)
Administrative HistoryAberdeen was created a royal burgh by David I (1124-1153), when it had markets for wool, hides, meal and dried salted fish. Merchant burgesses, made wealthy by trade with Europe, ruled the town in the early 17th century, and by the 1680s it had a population of between 10,000 and 12,000 (it increased by a third again in the next century). Nearby Old Aberdeen (the name derives from a corrupted form of Aulton or Alton) was created a burgh of barony in 1498, and both were created Police Burghs under the terms of the General Police and Improvement (Scotland) Act, 1862 (25 & 26 Vict c.101). Burgh administration was carried out by police commissioners who were responsible for the cleansing, lighting, policing and public health of the burghs. After the two burghs were united in 1891 Aberdeen's expansion, which had been to the north, began to move west, the main industries by then including granite quarrying and ship building, though from the 1960s the production of oil and gas from the North Sea has dominated the city. Under the terms of the Town Councils (Scotland) Act, 1900 (63 & 64 Vict c.49) Aberdeen Town Council was established. This was abolished in 1975 under the terms of the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1973 (c.65). Its powers were assumed by Grampian Regional Council and Aberdeen District Council. These in turn were replaced by Aberdeen City Council in 1996 under the terms of the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1994 (c.39).
SourceThe papers were purchased from E. Hall between 1959 and 1966.
DescriptionCollection of letters and papers concerning Aberdeen or by or concerning persons belonging to, or educated in, Aberdeen, 1707-1934 [mostly 19th century]. Also includes correspondence of Aberdeen legal firms regarding affairs of clients in Aberdeen and North East Scotland.
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 DescriptionNo physical conditions affecting use of collection.
Finding AidsPreliminary list in deposit file at University of Aberdeen, Special Libraries and Archives.
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