This collection of writs provides an almost unbroken history of the ownership of Auchnacant Farm from 1589 - 1993. The series is complete, with the exception of two nineteenth century, and ten late twentieth deeds. Records dated within the period 1589 - 1902 are original; those from 1906 onwards are photocopies. In addition to property deeds, the will of James Alexander West, Major in Her Majesty's 84th Regiment of Foot, sometime resident of College Terrace, St Johns Wood, Hampstead, London, dated 1880, is also present.
Inventory of writs of Auchnacant Farm, Foveran, Aberdeenshire
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- ReferenceGB 231 MS 3507
- Dates of Creation1589 - 1993
- Name of CreatorForbes family of Auchnacant and Corss, Aberdeenshire (fl 1589 - 1621)Rickart family of Aberdeen (fl 1621 - 1770)Mercer family of Aberdeen (fl 1770 - 1855)Admiral Sir James Alexander Gordon (d. 1869), Governor of the Royal Hospital, Greenwich, England John Morris West (d. 1857), gentleman, sometime resident of Monte Pulciano, Tuscany, Italy James Alexander West (d. 1880), Major in Her Majesty's 84th Regiment of Foot, sometime resident of College Terrace, St Johns Wood, Hampstead, London, England Francis Lardner Dennys (fl 1884 - 1902), sometime resident of Southport, Lancashire, England Robert McLean (fl 1902 - 1906), schoolmaster, Lumphanam, Kincardine O'Neil, Aberdeenshire Robert McLean (fl 1906 - 1950), farmer of Bridgend, Auchnacant, Aberdeenshire Ross family (fl 1948 - 1980), farmers, of Bridgend, Auchnacant and Strathend, Hatton, Aberdeenshire Yorsten and Sinclair (fl 1980), farmers, Udny, Aberdeenshire
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical Description1 box containing 82 deeds (parchment and photocopies) No physical characteristics affecting use of collection
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Auchnacant Farm lies in the coastal parish of Foveran, 13 miles north east of Aberdeen and 7 miles east of Ellon. The lands of Auchnacant were granted by William Lord Forbes, to his son James, by feu charter dated 2 March 1589 and charter of confirmation under the great seal, dated 2 August 1593. They remained in the Forbes family until 1621, when Patrick Forbes of Corss, Bishop of Aberdeen sold them to George Rickart (or Rickhart), Merchant in Aberdeen. In 1770 the land passed by inheritance from Margaret Rickart, wife of Thomas Mercer, Merchant in Aberdeen, to her son David Mercer. In 1855 they passed, again through inheritance, from the Mercer family to Admiral Sir James Gordon and John Morris West, both men being grandsons and nearest lawful heirs of James Mercer, brother of David, who had inherited the property in 1770. The death of Mrs Emma Day or West in 1883 placed the lands in the care of trustees until 1884, at which time they were transferred to Francis Lardner Dennys, sometime resident of Southport, Lancashire, England. In 1902 they were sold to Robert McLean, schoolmaster at Lumphanan, Kincardine O'Neil parish, south Aberdeenshire. Between 1948 and 1950 his son, also Robert, sold the land to James Ross, Farmer at Bridgend, Auchnacant and to William and Henry Ross, both farmers at Strathend, Hatton, Aberdeenshire. Parts of the land were sold to BP Oil Development Ltd in 1975, and to Yorsten and Sinclair, farmers at Kinknockie and Fiddesbeg, Udny, Aberdeenshire, in 1980.
The records have been arranged chronologically
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Deposited in the University by Alistair Sinclair of Udny, in Mar 1993
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Records dated within the period 1589 - 1902 are original; those from 1906 onwards are photocopies. Original records from 1906 onwards have been retained by the depositor.