The collection is composed of bonds of provision, discharges and statements, bonds of corroboration, discharges of interest, dispositions and assignations, bonds of relief, calculations of interest, notes of mines and seams at Edmonstone and Wolmote, lists of bonds due, and states of bonds due.
Papers of the Wauchope family of Edmonstone
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- ReferenceGB 237 Coll-708
- Dates of Creation1708-1836
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical Descriptioncirca 50 manuscript documents. Access to records in a fragile condition may be restricted.
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Edmonstone is south east of Edinburgh, adjacent to Little France and to Craigmillar, historically in the parish of Newton in Midlothian. Its name derives from Edmund's tun, or farm. The estate belonged to the Edmonstone family from 1248 until the early 17th century. It briefly belonged to the Rait family before passing to John Wauchope (1633-1709) in 1671, through marriage. Wauchope was related to the Wauchopes of Niddrie Merschell. In 1672 he became Lord of Session and assumed the title Lord Edmonstone.
Like the estates of neighbouring Niddry and Duddingston, there had been coal on the Edmonstone estate.
In the 1940s the roof of Edmonstone House was removed by surviving family in an effort to escape taxation and it subsequently fell into decay.
Today, Edmonstone is part of suburban and built-up Edinburgh and close to the outer ring road.
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Acquired Phillips sale, October 1993, possibly from legal firm Don Wauchope, formerly of Ainslie Place, Edinburgh, Accession no. Acc.95/010, but de-accessioned from there June 2007. New Accession No: E2007.24.
The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Groome, Francis H. (ed.). Ordnance: Gazetteer of Scotland: A survey of Scottish topography, statistical, biographical, and historical . Vol. 2. Cor.-Edn. Edinburgh: Thomas C. Jack, 1882.
Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.
Other Finding Aids
There is a handlist of documents within the collection, composed of lists of names of persons mentioned. Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.
Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.