CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 2740
TitlePapers of Ogilvie-Forbes of Boyndlie
Date15th century - 20th century
Extent63 boxes and 22 plans: 21 linear metres
Administrative HistoryThe Ogilvie-Forbes collection draws together the papers of two leading families in the north-east of Scotland: the Ogilvies of Auchiries, in the parish of Rathen, two miles south of Fraserburgh and the Forbes of Upper Boyndlie near Tyrie. With the death of Jane Forbes in 1876, that line came to an end, and the family estate passed to her son by John Charles Ogilvie, George Ogilvie (1820-1886), who added the Forbes name to his surname. George Ogilvie-Forbes was Professor of Medicine at Aberdeen University (1860-1877).
SourceDeposited in Aberdeen University Library in 1965 by Mr RF Bandeen of Strichen and surveyed by the National Register of Archives (Scotland) in 1967 (NRA(S)426).
DescriptionEstate papers including correspondence, accounts, titles, legal papers, deeds, plans and genealogical notes. There are also the papers of Professor George Ogilvie Forbes, Professor of Medicine, Aberdeen University and Sir George Ogilvie Forbes, diplomat in Mexico (1927-1930), Vatican (1930-1932), Baghdad (1932-1935), Spain/Madrid (1935-1937) and Berlin (1937-1939).

The papers reflect the families involvement in foreign interests: America in the eighteenth century, India in the nineteenth and through the diplomatic service, Mexico and Berlin in the 1930s. The American papers and Pitsligo papers have been listed in detail.
ArrangementPapers relating to Pitsligo and America (MS 2740/4 (from Box 4) & MS 2740/10 (from Boxes 5,8,9 and 10) have been extracted and listed individually and catalogues are available). The remainder is currently box listed but is unsorted.
Access StatusRestricted
Access ConditionsRestricted due to conservation issues.

The Sir George Ogilvie Forbes (diplomatic papers) are subject to restricted access closures as requested by the owners.
Related MaterialThe Boyndlie Collection of books from the fifteenth century -1950s (c.2000 volumes).
CopiesSome of the American material has been microfilmed and there are also digital images available.
Publication NoteEdge of Darkness: British 'Front-Line' Diplomacy in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1937 (Tom Buchanan, Contemporary European History, 12,3 (2003), pp 279-303).
Finding AidsThe collection is largely uncatalogued (apart from sections 4 & 10) but a summary paper catalogue is available in the Reading Room.
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