CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 966
TitleLord Adam Gordon, M.P. and commander of H.M. forces in Scotland: correspondence with Henry Dundas, politician and others
Date1783 - 1795
Extent10 items, 1 file: 0.01 linear metres
Creator NameLord Adam Gordon (1726? - 1801), son of Alexander, 2nd Duke of Gordon.
Administrative HistoryLord Adam Gordon was a son of Alexander Gordon, second Duke of Gordon. He was M.P. for Aberdeenshire 1754 - 1768 and for Kincardineshire 1774 - 1788 and was commander of H.M. forces in Scotland 1782 - 1798. In September 1767 he married Jane (or Jean), daughter of John Drummond of Megginch, widow of James Murray, second Duke of Atholl. She died in 1795. His sister, Lady Katherine Gordon, married Francis, de jure 7th Earl of Wemyss, in 1745. Henry Dundas (1742 - 1811), to whom most of the letters are addressed held office during the period of this correspondence as Lord Advocate, Treasurer of the Navy, Home Secretary, President of the Board of Control and Secretary of War.
SourceThe manuscripts were bought from B. Halliday, bookseller, Leicester, by J.M. Bulloch, London, in 1926, and were presented by him to the University Library in 1928.

The papers were presented by J. M. Bulloch in 1928. John Malcolm Bulloch (1867-1938) was born in Aberdeen in 1867, the son of John Bulloch who edited 'Scottish Notes and Queries'. He contributed to 'Scottish Notes and Queries' from an early age, and graduated MA from Aberdeen in 1888. Active in student affairs, he was one of the originators of the Students’ Song Book in 1891 and worked on student magazines, thus paving the way for a career in journalism. Though he edited several illustrated papers, he eventually found his niche as a literary and theatrical critic in London, donating most of the books he reviewed to Aberdeen University Library. He also maintained his interest in the history of the North-East and produced scholarly works on the family of Gordon and the Territorial Army. He died in 1938, and his funeral took place in King’s College Chapel, Aberdeen.
DescriptionTen letters by or concerning Lord Adam Gordon, including: letter from D. Wilson to Gordon requesting assistance in obtaining contract for the upkeep and repair of high road from Edinburgh to the county boundary (1783); letter from Gordon to Henry Dundas, then Lord Advocate, regarding MS 966/1 and proposed visit (1783); letter from Gordon to Dundas concerning military appointments in Scotland (1790) and correspondence regarding the number of A.D.C.s to be assigned to Gordon and preparations for war (1790); letter and note regarding the upkeep of military roads in the Highlands (1792); letter from Gordon and his wife requesting the assistance of Dundas regarding a grant from public funds (1793); letter from Robert Brownrigg on behalf of Duke of York regarding military appointments (1795); letter from Gordon to Henry Dundas regarding reply from Duke and asking for mark of royal favour (1795); note regarding appointment of Gordon to the command of Fort George, not dated.
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.
Related RecordMS U.593 - 594, 596 - 598
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