Mount Melville estate papers

Scope and Content

The estate collection includes: incoming letters, 1901-36; letter books, 1900-27; vouchers, 1819-40; correspondence, 1923-30; cashbooks, 1900-32; ledgers, 1900-05, 1923-27; Factors' account books, 1905-21; rentals, 1924-27; annual accounts and auditors' reports, 1902-53; farm records including work books, day books, accounts and cashbooks for: Mount Melville farm, 1923-47; Lumbo farm, 1923-24; Denbrae farm, 1918-22; Traigh farm, Arisaig, 1919-23; forestry papers 1913-39.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Mount Melville estate was the home of James Younger and family, of the scottish brewing family, William Younger and Co,. of Edinburgh. The house was designed by architect Paul Waterhouse (1861-1924) and was built about 1900. It was handed over to Fife Council in the late 1940's and the house became a maternity hospital and, briefly, an old people's home before being bought by the Old Course Hotel, St Andrews in 1992. There are plans for the house to become a luxury golf and country club. The grounds became Craigtoun Country Park. Mrs Annie Younger was a benefactress of St Andrews, providing a graduation hall for the University (opened in 1929) and extensive donations for the building and renovation of All Saint's Episcopal Church and St Gregory's, North Street.

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 Access to unpublished records less than 30 years old and other records containing confidential information may be restricted.

Acquisition Information

Gifted to the university in 1986.


There are references to the building of the Younger Hall, North Street, St Andrews to be found within the muniments collection of the University of St Andrews.

Description compiled by Rachel Hart, Archives Hub Project Archivist.

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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

GB1127WY Records of Wm Younger and Co., Ltd., brewers, EdinburghGB104 Papers of Paul Waterhouse are held at the Royal Institute of British Architects Library.

Additional Information

This material is original.