Records of the Third Spalding Club (1928 - 1956), Aberdeen

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  • Reference
      GB 231 MS 2256; MS 2258; MS 2259; MS 2492; MS 3252
  • Dates of Creation
      20th century
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English.
  • Physical Description
      GB 231 MS 2256: 31 volumes; GB 231 MS 2256: 31 volumes; GB 231 MS 2258: 1 volume; GB 231 MS 2258: 1 volume; GB 231 MS 2259: 1 volume; GB 231 MS 2259: 1 volume; GB 231 MS 2492: 1 box; GB 231 MS 2492: 1 box; GB 231 MS 3252: 1 folder No physical characteristics affecting use of collection

Scope and Content

GB 231 MS 2256 Collection of extracts and notes relating to Kincardineshire, acquired by the Third Spalding Club [? possibly relating to work in progress inherited from the New Spalding Club]

GB 231 MS 2258 Collection of notes and extracts relating to Blair Atholl, Perthshire, c 1896, acquired by Third Spalding Club [? possibly relating to work in progress inherited from the New Spalding Club]

GB 231 MS 2259 Papers relating to history and genealogy of Farquharson family, commonly called 'The Brouchdearg Manuscript", transcribed 1912, and acquired by Third Spalding Club [? possibly relating to work in progress inherited from the New Spalding Club]

GB 231 MS 2492 Unpublished material collected by the Third Spalding Club, including writs, family and estate papers (intended for publication)

GB 231 MS 3252 Papers relating mainly to discontinuation of Third Spalding Club, 1932-68

Administrative / Biographical History

The Third Spalding Club was formed on 20 Apr 1928, as successor to the New Spalding Club, whose publishing activity had ceased with the death of its secretary P.J. Anderson (1852-1926) in 1926. It inherited all of the New Spalding Club's assets and liabilities, including Bibliographia Aberdonensis, which appeared in 1929 as the Third Spalding Club's first publication (more than 40 years after its inception by the New Spalding Club in its foundation year, 1886). W. Douglas Simpson (1896-1968), Aberdeen University Librarian, took over the role of his predecessor, P.J. Anderson, as secretary of the new club, and, when it was wound up in 1956, its assets and publications were conveyed to the Friends of Aberdeen University Library (transfer completed in 1969).

Notable amongst the Club's 22 publications are The House of Forbes, ed. by Alistair and Henrietta Tayler (Aberdeen: Third Spalding Club, 1937); James Giles, Drawings of Aberdeenshire Castles, ed. by W. Douglas Simpson, (Aberdeen: Third Spalding Club, 1936); The Book of Glenbuchat, ed. by W. Douglas Simpson, (Aberdeen: Third Spalding Club, 1942); Francis Carney Diack, The Inscriptions of Pictland: an Essay on the Sculptured and Inscribed Stones of the North-East and North of Scotland, with other writings and collections, ed. by William M. Alexander and John MacDonald, (Aberdeen: Third Spalding Club, 1944); Life and Labour on an Aberdeenshire Estate, 1735-1750: being selections from the Monymusk papers, ed. by Henry Hamilton, (Aberdeen: Third Spalding Club, 1946); James Beattie's Day-book, 1773 - 1798, ed. by Ralph S. Walker (Aberdeen: Third Spalding Club, 1948); Miscellany of the Third Spalding Club, 3 vols (Aberdeen: Third Spalding Club, 1935 - 1960); and William M. Alexander, The Place-names of Aberdeenshire (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1952).

For a full list of publications see David Stevenson and Wendy B. Stevenson, Scottish Texts and Calendars: an Analytical Guide to Serial Publications (London: Royal Historical Society and Edinburgh: Scottish History Society, 1987).

For further details on the history of the Third Spalding Club, and its predecessors, the New Spalding Club (1886 - 1928) and the Spalding Club (1839 - 1869), see also, W. Douglas Simpson, The Three Spalding Clubs: a Century in Retrospect, in Third Spalding Club Miscellany, vol. 2 (Aberdeen: Third Spalding Club, 1940), pp.xiii-xxxii; and Donald J. Witherington, Aberdeen Antiquaries: the Founding of the Spalding Club in 1839, Aberdeen University Review, 44 (1971 - 1972), 42 - 55.

Arrangement

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Conditions Governing Access

Open, subject to signature accepting conditions of use at reader registration sheet

Acquisition Information

GB 231 MS 2256: date and source not recorded. Deposited in the University before 1969; GB 231 MS 2256: date and source not recorded. Deposited in the University before 1969; GB 231 MS 2258: date and source not recorded. Deposited in the University before 1969; GB 231 MS 2258: date and source not recorded. Deposited in the University before 1969; GB 231 MS 2259: date and source not recorded. Deposited in the University before 1969; GB 231 MS 2259: date and source not recorded. Deposited in the University before 1969; GB 231 MS 2492: date and source not recorded. Deposited in the University before 1969; GB 231 MS 2492: date and source not recorded. Deposited in the University before 1969; GB 231 MS 3252: transferred from Librarian's office in Nov 1986.

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Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online http://www.abdn.ac.uk/diss/library/

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Subject to the condition of the original, copies may be supplied for private research use only on receipt of a signed undertaking to comply with current copyright legislation.

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Head of Special Libraries and Archives (e-mail: speclib@abdn.ac.uk) and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. Where possible, assistance will be given in identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

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Related Material

Records of the Spalding Club (1839 - 1869). A separate collection level description is available on the Archives Hub.

Records of the New Spalding Club (1886 - 1928). A separate collection level description is available on the Archives Hub.

Personal papers of members of the Third Spalding Club, relating to the work of the Club Papers of W. Douglas Simpson (1896-1968). A separate collection level description is available on the Archives Hub.

Papers of James Fowler Kellas Johnstone (c 1846 - 1928). A separate collection level description is available on the Archives Hub.

Papers of John Alexander Henderson (fl 1892 - 1928). John Alexander Henderson, editor of History of the Society of Advocates in Aberdeen (Aberdeen: New Spalding Club, 1912), has been credited with the late revival of interest in the New Spalding Club's activities after P.J. Anderson's death, which led to its reconstitution as the Third Spalding Club in 1928. A separate collection level description is available on the Archives Hub

Collection of plans of archaeological sites in Cromar, Aberdeenshire, compiled by Alexander Ogston, c 1912 (GB 231 MS 2941) (1 folder). See Sir Alexander Ogston of Glendavon, The Prehistoric Antiquities of the Howe of Cromar (Aberdeen: Third Spalding Club, 1931)

Original papers published by the Third Spalding Club Accounts and Estimates for Construction and Upkeep of Highways and Bridges in Aberdeenshire, 1739 (GB 231 MS 0993) (1 leaf). Published as Highways and Bridges in Aberdeenshire in 1739, ed. by G.M. Fraser, in The Miscellany of the Third Spalding Club, vol. 1, (Aberdeen: Third Spalding Club, 1935), pp. 231-234.

Account for refreshments supplied to Duke of Gordon's Arms, Elgin, to Charles Hay, advocate, and others, 1785 (GB 231 MS 0994) (1leaf). Published as An Elgin Hotel Bill of 1785, in The Miscellany of the Third Spalding Club, vol. 1, (Aberdeen: Third Spalding Club, 1935), p. 230.

Aberdeen Burgh Council propinquity book of testimonialis granted by the baillies, 1589-1603 (GB 231 MS 1050) (1 volume). Published as Testimonial Book of Aberdeen. Testimonialis grantit be ye ballies sen ye last day of Merche 1589, ed. by Louise B. Taylor, in The Miscellany of the Third Spalding Club, vol. 2 (Aberdeen: Third Spalding Club: 1940), pp. 1-63.

Other Bibliographical notes relating to Edward Raban and printing in Aberdeen, 1624-63, compiled by George Walker, baillie, c 1860/ 1890 (GB 231 MS 0972) (1 volume: 37 leaves). This material was used by John Philip Edmond in The Aberdeen Printers, Edward Raban to James Nicol, 1620-1736 (Aberdeen: Edmond&Spark, 1884). James Fowler Kellas Johnstone acquired it from Alexander Webster Robertson in 1912, and may have used it in Bibliographia Aberdonensis (Aberdeen: Third Spalding Club, 1929). It was subsequently given by James Fowler Kellas Johnstone to W.D. Simpson or P.J. Anderson, for deposit in the University.

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