John Hay, 2nd Earl of Tweeddale: Letters to him

Scope and Content

104 letters to Lord Tweeddale, 1672-92, concerning family, estate, local Scottish matters, and political news from London, especially from the time of the Glorious Revolution (1688-89). The correspondents are (1-5) Andrew Hay, London agent, 1672-75; (6-25) Jean, Countess of Tweeddale, undated, possibly 1678; (26-29) a younger son, possibly Lord David Hay, 1684-90; (30-34) Lord Alexander Hay, 1685-90; (35-101) Lord Yester, eldest son, 1689-92; (102-104) miscellanea, Anna Mackenzie to the Mistress of Yester, undated; J.B. to Lord Tweeddale, 1685; and a loose envelope, undated.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Hay, 2nd Earl of Tweeddale (1626-97), was a member of the Privy Council of Scotland, 1660-73, and Lord Chancellor of Scotland, 1692-96. He became the 1st Marquess of Tweeddale in 1694. Hay married Lady Jean Scott (1628/9-1688), daughter of the 1st Earl of Buccleuch, in 1644, by whom he had seven sons and two daughters. His eldest son, John Hay, Lord Yester (1645-1713), succeeded as 2nd Marquess of Tweeddale. The correspondence includes letters from two other sons, probably Lord David Hay (1656-1726) and Lord Alexander Hay (1663-1737).

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Acquisition Information

Presented by the Friends of Cambridge University Library, 1996.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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