Papers of the Johnston family of Hilton and Portlethen, Aberdeenshire

Scope and Content

A survey of the papers of Johnston of Hilton was made by the National Register of Archives (Scotland) and is described in NRA(S) list 3213. The bulk of the records described therein comprise papers relating to the ranking of the creditors of Sir William Johnston of Portlethen and to the sale of his lands in Portlethen and Hilton, Aberdeenshire, 1813 - 1826. Much of this comprises correspondence with his representative, Hay Donaldson, WS, Edinburgh, with associated accounts and legal papers; but amongst this there are also some estate papers, including rentals, 1795 - 1818, tacks, 1792 - 1810, plans 1795 - 1814, and factory accounts, 1813 - 1817. An inventory of writs and papers belonging to Sir William Johnston of Portlethen, 1709 - 1813, is accompanied by most of the 109 items described therein, including a printed Report on Port Leithin with suggested improvements, by Thomas Telford, 1810. There is also a separate bundle of miscellaneous printed papers, comprising advertisements, handbills, reports and newspaper cuttings relating to Portlethen harbour and fishings, 1810 - 1815.

In addition to the papers described in NRA(S) list 3213, this collection also contains some later papers, mainly correspondence, relating to the management of the Hilton estate and to family matters, late 19th c - early 20th c.

Other papers relating to the Johnstons of Hilton are deposited in the extensive Davidson and Garden collection, where they are awaiting listing. See related units of description, below, for further details.

Administrative / Biographical History

No further details available at this time.


None observed - listing in process

Conditions Governing Access

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

Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in 1990. Source not recorded.

Other Finding Aids

Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online

Alternative Form Available

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Conditions Governing Use

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: ) 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.

Appraisal Information

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Related Material

Papers of the Johnston family of Hilton, Aberdeenshire, 1812 - 1916 (comprising 8 boxes and 2 volumes), are deposited in the Davidson and Garden collection (GB 231 MS 2769/I/10/1-2; GB 231 MS 2769/I/14/1; GB 231 MS 2769/I/43/1-3; GB 231 MS 2769/I/118/1-2; GB 231 MS 2769II/66/1-2).


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