Papers of Alexander Ferrier (c1790-c1848), plantation owner, Dutch Guiana

Scope and Content

  • Personal correspondence 1831-1848.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alexander Ferrier was born in Scotland in 1790  . He moved to the Republic of Suriname (formerly known as Dutch Guiana) with his brother Robert and became a plantation owner. In 1829  he married Margaret Pearson and they had four children. He returned to Scotland in around 1835  where he built a private villa at Cardross, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, although he also owned Broomhill House. Following the collapse of the sugar trade in the 1840s  , Alexander returned to the Republic of Suriname. He died during a voyage returning to Scotland around 1848.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information


Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom.

Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)1789).

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Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with normal procedures

Custodial History

This material was accumulated by descendants of Alexander Ferrier from a number of unknown sources, and deposited with Economic History Department, Glasgow University, in c1964. Management of the collection transferred to Glasgow University Archives in 1975.


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Additional Information

Mainly copies. The originals are probably still with the depositor

Compiled by Jenny Cooknell, Assistant Archivist, 24 May 1999

Title, administrative history and immediate source of acquisition or transfer notes altered by Jenny Cooknell, Assistant Archivist, 6 September 1999.

Updated by Lesley Richmond, Acting Director, 3 March 2000

Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 28 February 2002.

Updated by Gemma Tougher, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguin), 17 September 2012.