CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 2787
TitlePapers of Seton family of Mounie
Date1542 - 1904
Extent13 boxes and 1 volume: 4.30 linear metres
Creator NameSeton family of Mounie, Aberdeenshire (fl 1714 - 1970)
Administrative HistoryThe Estate of Mounie, situated 3 miles north west of Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, was in the hands of the Seton family from 1714 until 1970, when Mounie Castle was sold and the family papers deposited in Aberdeen University Library.

For details of the family's history see George Seton, 'History of the Family of Seton' (Edinburgh: Constable, 1896) and Dorothy Johnston, 'Letters and Papers of the Setons of Mounie, Aberdeenshire, including the Papers of Dr James Anderson (1739-1808), MS 2787', 'Reports and Surveys of Archives in Northern Scotland', 'Northern Scotland, 5' (1982), 71-79.
SourceDeposited in the University in 1970, by Burnett and Reid, advocates, Aberdeen, on behalf of Alexander Wake Seton.
DescriptionMounie estate papers
Inventories, 1716 - 1835; deeds of title, 1690 - 1847; maps, surveys and valuations, 1771 - 1859, including plans and sketch of Mounie Castle, 1859; legal papers, 1700 - 1891, including papers relating to the claim of Glack to use the mosses, 1700 - 1864, and papers relating to the Fingask and Glack marches, 1771, 1871, 1891; rentals and papers concerning leases, 1763 - 1901, including valuations and inventories of bigings and houses let on the estate, 1703 - 1735; estate and household accounts, and miscellaneous financial papers, 1714 - 1832; receipts for public burdens, 16th c - 1865; correspondence concerning estate management, principally from James Allan, factor, to Alexander Anderson Seton (1770 - -850), 1797 - 1852, including some rentals and accounts; papers relating to Daviot church, stipend, schoolhouse and burdens of heritors, 1723 - 1893.

Personal papers of George Seton (1672 - 1762)
Miscellaneous personal papers, 1725 - 1748, including admission to the freedom of the city of Aberdeen, 1729, and papers re. George Seton's apprenticeship with George Beattie, merchant, of Montrose, 1725 - 1729; correspondence (referring to personal, professional and estate matters, including reference to his role in the Jacobite rebellion of 1745), 1708 - 1757; financial and legal papers, 1695 - 1783, including papers re. his claim on the forfeited estate of the Earl of Winton; rentals, accounts, and related papers pertaining to his role as sub-collector of bishops' rents south of the Forth, in the archbishopric of St Andrews and the bishoprics of Edinburgh and Galloway, 1705 - 1714; papers relating to the estate and family of Sir Alexander Wedderburn of Blackness, under the administration of George Seton, 1698 - 1720.

Personal papers of Dr James Anderson (1739 - 1808)
Correspondence received, 1765 - 1794, and sent, 1772 - 1804, by him (referring to wide range of personal, professional and estate matters, including agricultural improvement and fisheries; including a letter from George Washington); miscellaneous papers, lectures, and notes on various topics (including weights and measures, agriculture, India, West Indies, slavery, taxes, constitution, bleaching, water mills, arboriculture, industry, politics), written by him, 1777 - 1790; papers and correspondence re. his research and report on the state of British fisheries, 1784 - 1785 (subsequently used in J. Anderson's 'An Account of the Present State of the Hebrides and Western Coasts of Scotland: in which an attempt is made to explain the circumstances that have hitherto repressed the industry of the natives; and some hints are suggested for encouraging the fisheries and promoting other improvements in those countries: being the substance of a report to the Lords of Treasury, of facts collected in a tour to the Hebrides, with large additions; together with the evidence given before the Committee of Fisheries' (Edinburgh: Robinson, 1785)); papers relating to the publication of 'The Bee', 1790 - 1793; legal papers, 1768 - 1796; financial papers, 1743 - 1793, including personal, household, and some estate accounts; estate papers, 1762 - 1796, principally accounts, but including draft notes made by James Anderson, re. estate improvements, 1772 - 1796; letters and papers concerning the affairs of his widow, Mrs Sarah Anderson, 1804 - 1833; printed papers on various topics, including education, roads, agriculture, Scottish distilling industry, woollen industry, emigration, British colonies, etc. 1778 - 1796.

Personal papers of Alexander Anderson Seton (1770 - 1850)
Correspondence received and sent by him, 1790 - 1849; papers concerning the Outram family, 1796 - 1825, principally correspondence between Alexander Anderson Seton and the Outram family, 1802 - 1820, but including papers relating to the estate of Benjamin Outram and his children's financial affairs, 1796 - 1812, and 1825.

Papers concerning Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Seton (1815 - 1851)
Financial papers, 1829 - 1848; testimonies from private letters, with related papers, 1852 - 1856; papers relating to the Birkenhead Monument, 1886; miscellaneous papers, including poems, notes and queries re. the wreck of the Birkenhead, n.d. [19thc]

Literary compositions by members of the Seton family and unidentified writers, 1787 - 1840 and n.d.
Verses by Isabella Seton, Thomas Ogilvy, Anne Wharton-Duff and others, including 'Address to Loch Lomond', and other items, possibly submitted to 'The Bee', 1787 - 1831; notebook (and copy in unknown hand) of poems by Isabella Seton, 1830 - 1841; chronicle of world events since the Creation, written in rhyme, with a key to convert letters to dates (with note added by Isabella Seton), 1836; 'Book Containing the Latitudes of some of the Chief Places in the World in Rhyme. Intended to be learnt by heart. By Isabella Seton', 1839 - 1840; commonplace books containing prose and poetical extracts from various sources, anon, n.d. [mid 19th c]; fragmentary pages describing tour in Germany, n.d. [1839]

Miscellaneous original papers, 1542 - 1904, including miscellaneous deeds, 1542 - 1699; grant of office of Commissar of the Commissariat of Stirling, by George Archbishop of St Andrews, to Master Robert "Moravium", 23 Feb 1610; nomination of Thomas Williamsone to the Commissar clerkship of the Commissariat of Rosse, 18 Feb 1648; marriage contract between Alexander Leslie of Warthill and Helen Seton, 8 Oct 1730; household, livery and garden accounts of William Seton and Anne Seton, 1769 - 1793.

Miscellaneous historical and genealogical research, mainly by David Seton, late 19th century

Miscellaneous printed ephemera, including newspapers of local and English origin, mostly relating to members of the Seton family, with collection covering the trial of Queen Caroline, 1755 - 1903; marriage cards and visiting cards, 19thc; illustrations from book plates, 18thc - 19thc; notices re. exhibition at Peterborough to celebrate tercentenary of Mary Queen of Scots, 1887; Minutes of proceedings at the Navy League Conference, London, 1898, containing speech by Major Seton.

Additional deposit: Genealogical Record of the Seton Family of Aberdeenshire, 1871. Beautifully hand-coloured throughout the volume depicts the genealogy of the Seton family, with hand-drawn representations of the ancient Coat of Say (or Saye) (p.4) and the armorial bearings of Seton of Mounie (p.5). There are numerous carefully handwritten notes on branches of the family throughout with a large fold-out section displaying the Seton family tree. Title page: "Draught (sic) for a Genealogical Tree of the Family of Seton of Mounie Aberdeenshire 1871". Enclosed at the inside front cover is a copy of "Chamber's Journal of Popular Literature, Science and Art" for 5 December 1874 with article "Story of the Setons". There is a contents section at the start of the volume and an index at the back.

For further details, particularly re. the scope and content of correspondence in this collection, see Dorothy Johnston, 'Letters and Papers of the Setons of Mounie, Aberdeenshire, including the Papers of Dr James Anderson (1739-1808), AUL MS 2787', 'Reports and Surveys of Archives in Northern Scotland', Northern Scotland, 5 (1982), 71-79.

For background details and a full description of the papers relating to the estate and family of Sir Alexander Wedderburn of Blackness, under the administration of George Seton (1672 - 1762), 1698 - 1720, see 'Wedderburn papers at Mounie', in Alexander Wedderburn, 'The Wedderburn Book', 2 vols. (Privately published, 1898). The book has extracts of the original documents held at section MS 2787/3/5.
AccrualsNone expected.
ArrangementAs given in Description.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
LanguageEnglish and Scots
Physical DescriptionSome papers in the collection are extremely fragile and will be withheld, pending their repair. The copy letters of Alexander Seton have been photocopied for easier use.
Related MaterialPapers of the Seton family, of Pitmedden, Aberdeenshire, 1421-1918 (MS 3531). George Seton, who established the family seat at Mounie in 1714, was the second son of Sir Alexander Seton, of Pitmedden.

Papers relating to the administration and collection of Bishops' rents in Scotland are deposited in the National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh.
Publication NoteDorothy Johnston, 'Letters and Papers of the Setons of Mounie, Aberdeenshire, including the Papers of Dr James Anderson (1739-1808), AUL MS 2787', Reports and Surveys of Archives in Northern Scotland, Northern Scotland, 5 (1982), pp. 71 - 79; and 'Wedderburn papers at Mounie', in Alexander Wedderburn, 'The Wedderburn Book', 2 vols. (Privately published, 1898)
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