The Thornton Collection of Manuscripts and Plans

Scope and Content

MS 17/1 Newport Railway Company: miscellaneous papers 1862-1891;

MS 17/2 North British Railway Company: miscellaneous papers 1846-1902;

MS 17/3 Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway; Kirkcaldy District Railways: miscellaneous papers 1851-1903;

MS 17/4 Grange estate, Monifieth, Kerr and Anderson families legal and estate papers 1821-1901;

MS 17/5 Morphie Estate, Kincardineshire, Grahame family: legal and estate papers 1854-1891;

MS 17/6 Thornton Castle, Laurencekirk: inventories and plans 1931;

MS 17/7 Miscellaneous title deeds, chartularies and legal 1518-1877;

MS 17/8 Records and papers of the Bannatyne Home of Rest, Newtyle 1892-1962;

MS 17/9 Miscellaneous papers and correspondence of James Dalyell, with some papers and correspondence of John James Dalyell 1814-1883;

MS 17/10 Correspondence and papers of John James Dalyell, with some of James Dalyell and Mrs Marie-Anne Dalyell 1839-1897;

MS 17/11 Miscellaneous papers with no common factor 1847-1916;

MS 17/12 Miscellaneous legal papers 1836-1912;

MS 17/13 Miscellaneous loose papers originally with maps and plans 1843-1918;

MS 17/14 Unidentified ledger of household accounts

MS 17/P Maps and plans.

Administrative / Biographical History

The firm of Thomas Thornton, Son & Co was formed c. 1880 when Thomas Thornton set up with his son William. Thomas Thornton had previously been in partnership with James Patullo as Patullo & Thornton. In 1972 Messrs Thomas Thornton, Son & Co merged with Messrs Dickie, Gray, MacDonald and Fair, to form Thornton and Dickie WS. In 1982 the firm became Thornton, Dickie and Brand WS, and is now known as Thorntons WS Solicitors & Estate Agents.


Records are arranged into sub-fonds by client.

Access Information

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

Details of the original accession are unknown. Further records were deposited by Mrs Thornton in 1990 (AccM/268).


Fonds level description compiled by Sarah Chubb, Archives Hub Project Archivist, August 2001.

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Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges are made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply


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Related Material

Other records of Messrs Thomas Thornton, Son & Co are held at Dundee City Archives (Ref: GB 251 GD/TD).