Papers of George Murdoch, Kirk Treasurer, Dundee, and Family

Scope and Content

Admission Ticket to Maltman Trade, Dundee in favour of George Murdoch; Burgess Ticket in favour of George Murdoch; Handwritten copy of Twopenny Tax Bill, Dundee. Describes boundaries of Dundee [in which twopenny duty applies] and what 'Victuallers' and 'common brewers' to be charged per imperial barrel of 36 ale gallons; Hand written copy of bye laws for 'Collecting the Twopenny Tax'; Minutes of Meeting of Committee of Subscribers to opposition to Dundee Twopennies Scots Bill; Interior [seating] plan of one of the city churches; Papers relating to George Murdoch Downie's service in Rifle Volunteers.

Administrative / Biographical History

A George Murdoch, brewer, is recorded as living in Dundee in the early nineteenth century. In 1816 a George Murdoch (the son of George Murdoch) was admitted into the Maltman Trade of Dundee and later became its Deacon Convener. The same individual was made a burgess of Dundee in 1822. A George Murdoch [either the same individual or his son] resided at 4 St. Clements Lane, Dundee and held the office of Kirk Treasurer of Dundee from c1835 to c1840. Prior to his appointment to this post he had been a clerk with the London Shipping Company. George Murdoch Downie, who is believed to be a descendant of the above, was a member of the First Forfarshire Riffle Volunteer Corps and the 1st Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers 17th company. In 1865 he resided in Glasgow.

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Private sale

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Made up paper and photographic material

Archivist's Note

Fonds level description compiled by Kenneth Baxter May 2009

Conditions Governing Use

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

Custodial History

These items were purchased at an auction sale of items relating to the Downie family by Mr and Mrs Crawford, Berwickshire who listed them for sale on an internet auction site. The archives staff were alerted to their presence and contacted Mrs Crawford who agreed to withdraw them and sell them to the archives


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