CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 938
TitleExtracts and abbreviations of legal documents relating to church appointments in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, mainly relating to Monymusk
Date1568 - 1608
Extent1 file: 0.03 linear metres
Administrative HistoryJames Irving was translated from Tough in Aberdeenshire to Monymusk on the presentation of the King in May 1605, but in consequence of proceedings at the General Assembly at Aberdeen that year, his admission was delayed until after 26 November 1607. He was deprived of the charge before 27 October 1615 and returned to Tough.

Sir William Fordyce was born in Aberdeen in 1724, the fifth son of Provost John Fordyce of Aberdeen, and educated at Marischal College. He spent some time as a surgeon with the army in France before returning to London where his reputation as a skilful physician was quickly established. In 1770 he was created MD at Cambridge and was admitted licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians in 1786. He was knighted in 1782. Fordyce was elected Rector of Marischal College in 1790 and 1791. At his death in 1792, he bequeathed his medical library to Marischal College, and founded the lectureship in agriculture.
SourceThe papers may well have come into the library via Sir William Forbes of Monymusk.

Although the collection was not listed as an accession until January 1974, it seems to have been deposited before May 1903 when P.J. Anderson, the University Librarian, published a note on MS 938/10 (see MS 938/16). Anderson also annotated the documents with references to the original edition of Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae, to the inventory of King's College writs and to C. Innes, Fasti Aberdonenses (1854).* Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae (new ed.) vi. 175.
DescriptionNineteen extracts and abbreviations of legal documents relating to church appointments in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, 1568 - 1608. Most of the documents are notarial copies of entries in the registers of the Privy Seal made by John Hay of Eisterkennet, scribe of the Privy Seal, for use in an action between William Forbes, laird of Monymusk, Aberdeenshire, and James Irving, the incumbent of the parish.
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.
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