CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3127
TitleHarry Gordon Slade, architectural historian: papers
Date1971 - 2000s
Extent6 archive boxes
Creator NameHarry Gordon Slade, architectural historian (fl 1971 -)
Administrative HistoryHarry Gordon Slade, FSA, trained as an architect, and worked as an architect and inspector with English Heritage. He has undertaken extensive research and published several works on the architecture of the castles, stately homes and vernacular buildings of the north east of Scotland. As a member of the Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group, he makes regular contributions to their annual publication 'Vernacular Building'. Other printed works include 'Glamis Castle' (London: Society of Antiquaries of London, 2000).
SourceDeposited in the University in April 1983, and subsequently, by H. Gordon Slade.
DescriptionThe collection comprises plans, drawings, papers and printed articles produced by H. Gordon Slade, relating to the architecture of towns, villages, castles, stately homes and vernacular buildings, principally (though not exclusively) of the north east of Scotland, 1971-2001. Places represented by plans and drawings include: Allerton; Arbuthnott House; Artamford; Balbithan House; Beldorney; Brampton Bryan Castle, Hereford; Broughton Castle; Carnousie; Castle Fraser; Cluny Castle; Craigston Castle; Druminnor; Fetternear; Fyvie Castle; Gairloch; Glamis Castle; Greenmill, Dumfries; Lickleyhead; Midmar Castle; Old Tain; Ormeclett Castle; Postern Park, Tonbridge; Rothiemay; Samson Houses; South Erradale; Tillycairn. There are also plans of the parish kirks of Aberdeen, St. Nicholas; Cupar, St. Michael; Dundee, St. Mary; Edinburgh, St. Giles; Edinburgh, Greyfriars; Elgin, St. Giles; Haddington, St. Mary; Linlithgow, St. Michaels; Perth, St. John the Baptist; St. Andrews, Holy Trinity; and Stirling, Holy Rood. As well as copies of short articles published in 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland', 'The Archaeological Journal', 'Garden History' and others, there are manuscript and typescript drafts, together with related papers and original illustrations for 'Glamis Castle' (London: Society of Antiquaries of London, 2000).
AccrualsRegular additions received since 1983.
ArrangementMS 3127/1 Plans and drawings: Aberdeenshire

MS 3127/2 Plans and drawings: Aberdeenshire and Scottish Parish kirks

MS 3127/3 Plans, drawings and maps: England and Scotland

MS 3127/4 Plans and drawings: Castle Fraser, Craigston and Cluny Castles

MS 3127/5 Plans and drawings: Midmar Castle and Tillycairn

MS 3127/6 Drawings: Craigston Plantation House; Fyvie Castle; Meldrum Plantation House; Ormiclett Castle; Tillycairn

MS 3127/7 Papers relating to various castles and churches (manuscript and typescript)

MS 3127/8 Papers relating to farm and estate buildings in Scotland, and ecclesiastical buildings across Britain (manuscript and typescript)

MS 3127/9 Papers relating to buildings on Isle of Man and north-east of Scotland (manuscript and typescript)

MS 3127/10 'Glamis Castle' publication

MS 3127/11 Offprints of articles by H. Gordon Slade
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.
Related MaterialSimpson Collection (Sim). One of several named library collections maintained by the University, this valuable resource represents the working collection of Dr. W. Douglas Simpson (1896-1968), archaeologist and University of Aberdeen Librarian, who was an authority on castellated architecture, particularly in Scotland. The collection contains all his works as well as inscribed copies from scholars in the same field. It consists of some 250 mostly interleaved and annotated copies of his own very numerous publications and related material, plus c. 150 pamphlets. There are also 5,500 glass lantern slides used in his lectures, approximately 1,750 postcards, and large-scale plans of buildings, produced in the course of his investigations.

The Simpson Collection is complemented by several deposits of W. Douglas Simpson's personal papers, relating principally to his research and publications on Scottish architecture and archaeology (MS 2229; MS 2230; MS 2285; MS 2398; MS 2498; MS 2729; MS 2818; MS 2910; MS 2968; MS 3042; MS 3442).

Peter Rourke slide collection of Scottish castles, c. 1960-1994 (MS 3498). A much smaller collection than the Simpson Collection, but fully indexed, and comprehensive in its coverage of Scottish castles and fortified houses.
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