Records of Pagan, Osborne and Grace, Solicitors, St Andrews

Scope and Content

The collection relates to the St Andrews branch of the firm and includes material relating to the running of the legal business but also papers of clients including Madras College and Madras Trustees, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club as well as the estates of deceased persons.

Administrative / Biographical History

The roots of the firm are to be found in North East Fife. Pagan Osborne was founded in Cupar over 200 years ago, and C.S. & C.L.P. Grace in St. Andrews over 250 years ago. The Firm has more recently been known as Pagan Osborne Grace and Pagan Osborne Grace & Calders. The firm became known as Pagan Osborne on 1st February 1994, and today has 10 partners, three associates, and a total of around 130 staff, operating from five offices in Cupar, Anstruther, St. Andrews, Dunfermline and Edinburgh. The Firm provides a range of legal services and business is concentrated in Scotland, with a number of clients further afield throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. Pagan Osborne markets itself as a modern and progressive law firm at the forefront of the evolution of the provision of legal services. After a period of change and new management which included the removal from the old offices in St Andrews, the firm was named as Scottish law Firm of the Year in 2002.

Source: Firm's website.


  • ms37628-37701 C.S. Grace: General letter books vols 79-150, 156 and 160 (1896-1935, 1937, 1938-1939);
  • ms37702-37703 C.S.Grace: Personal letter books, 1883-1934;
  • ms37704-37710 William MacBeth Robertson records: Ledger no 7, 1936-1945; Letter books 1918-1920, 1941-1944, 1950-1953;
  • ms37711 Bennochy Estate and Strathkinness feus rental, 1916-1954;
  • ms37712-37713 Lathockar estate rentals, 1894-1947;
  • ms37714 Rev Dr William Weir Tulloch and Mrs Tulloch's marriage trust, sederunt book, 1884-1909;
  • ms37715/1-2 Records of Gibson Mortification and William Gibson Hospital, St Andrews, 1884-1975 including overseers books, medical officers reports, house clothing book, household account books;
  • ms37727-37734 David Reginald Hay Neave papers (4 albums and 4 boxes);
  • ms37735 Paterson-Hay papers, 1630-1877 (1 box);
  • ms37736-37739 Bennochy Estate papers, 1754-1937 (4 boxes);
  • ms37740-37742 Miscellaneous papers of General Commissioners of Taxes, St Andrews District, 1850-1966 (3 boxes);
  • ms37743-37744 Papers of Ethel Mary Longmuir, Priorscroft, St Andrews, 1837-1961;
  • ms37745 Alexander Adamson Trust and Dr John Adamson Trust: miscellaneous papers including genealogical material, 1837-1924 (1 box);
  • ms37746 Papers relating to developments on JR Hope Scott's properties at Scores Park and Holcroft Park, St Andrews, 1858-1890s (1 box).
  • ms38437 Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St Andrews: Letter books, 1879-1910;
  • ms38438 Madras College, Trustees and Governors, see related units of description;
  • ms38439 Strathtyrum Estate Ledgers, Cheape family, 1824-1959;
  • ms38440 Trust ledgers, 1904-1954;
  • ms38441 Cash ledgers, 1-16 and 18-21 (1895-1951, 1954-1963); business ledgers 1-22 (1895-1952);
  • ms38442 Includes: Bennochy Estate volumes (3); Duloch factory accounts (4); State books (2); Stipend book; papers relating to Institute of Maritime Archaeology Ltd (2); feuduties (1 box); Mrs F Derricott, Howard Place, St Andrews (1 box);
  • ms38443 Volumes relating to business of J Hotchkiss, Solicitor (9).

Access Information

By appointment with the Archivist. Access to unpublished records less than 30 years old and other records containing confidential information may be restricted. Special conditions apply to photographs.

Acquisition Information

The papers were given to the library of the University of St Andrews in two batches, the first in 1981, and the second on the occasion of the St Andrews branch of the firm's removal to new premises in 1999.


Description compiled by Rachel Hart, Archives Hub Project.

Other Finding Aids

Brief handlists are available in the Reading Room.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Related Material

GB227 ms37601-37627, ms38438, ms38375, ms38495; msdep13 Records of Madras College and Madras College TrusteesGB227 ms37736-37739, ms37711 Bennochy estate papers, 1754-1937