Papers of the Dr John Anderson Trust

Scope and Content

Financial and business papers of the Dr John Anderson Trust, including minutes of trustees' meetings, 1742 - 1783 (incomplete); inventory of writs belonging to the trustees, 1750; list of Anderson's trustees, 1798; factor's accounts, 1775 - 1824 (incomplete); business accounts, 1867 - 1882; discharge vouchers for payments of trust monies, 1742 - 1781; instrument of sasine re. purchase of lands belonging to Lord Forbes, in the parishes of Kearn, Clatt, Auchindoir and Forbes, Aberdeenshire, and abstract of rental thereof, 1740; letters of poinding, Dr Anderson's trustees v. tenants of the Estate of Forbes, 1760; and correspondence re. proposed purchase of land in Cruden, Aberdeenshire, 1797.

Administrative / Biographical History

By his will, dated 3 July 1735, registered 10 October 1740, Dr John Anderson, of the island of St Christophers, left provisions for maintaining free schools in the parishes of Kemnay and Chapel of Garioch, Aberdeenshire, for providing annuities for certain clergymen performing Divine Service according to the liturgy of the Church of England within the city of Aberdeen, and for other charitable purposes within the city and county of Aberdeen. Trustees were appointed to administer the legacies of his fund, which was still current in 1991


Listing in progress - summary list only at present.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in 1994, by Stronach and Co., Solicitors, Aberdeen.

Other Finding Aids

Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online

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Related Material

Printed copy of the last will and testament of Dr John Anderson is deposited with the records of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney (ref. GB 231 MS 3320/4/6).


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