Papers relating to the history and genealogy of Minto family and Reid family, Alford, Aberdeenshire

Scope and Content

Papers relating to the history and genealogy of Minto family and Reid family, Alford, Aberdeenshire.

This small collection comprises photocopies of Mrs Needham-Hurst's family history research on the Minto and Reid families of Alford. It contains a copy of printed report from the Scots Ancestry Research Society, 1947;and transcripts of monumental inscriptions in ?Alford churchyard. Complementary material, including a family tree, is held in the deposit file for this collection.

Administrative / Biographical History

Kay Needham-Hurst (nee Kathleen Stone) (b 1907), of Colchester, England who deposited this small collection, is descended from the Minto and Reid families of Alford, Aberdeenshire. Her distinguished predecessors include architect, Willaim Minto (1761 - 1847), who built Alford and many other Aberdeenshire bridges in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; Reverend John Minto of Clatt (1810 - 1891), MA Marischal College, 1829, who prepared students for the entrance exam to Aberdeen University, and in whose name an annual prize is awarded by the University of Aberdeen; and William Minto (1845 - 1893), editor and critic, Professor of Logic, University of Aberdeen, 1880 - 1893 (see entry in DNB for further details).


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Conditions Governing Access

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

Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in Sept 1986, by Mrs K. Needham-Hurst of Colchester, England.

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

This material has been appraised in line with normal procedures


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Related Material

Letters of William Minto (1845-93), critic and professor of logic, University of Aberdeen, 1871-92 (GB 231 MS 2613) (1 folder) (transcripts and photocopies)

Letters of William Minto (1845 - 1893), critic and professor of logic, University of Aberdeen, 1885-92 (GB 231 MS 2585) (2 items)

Letter of William Minto, Aberdeen, 10 December 1892, published in The Academy, responding to review by William Sharp of Minto's edition of the autobiographical notes of W.B.Scott (GB 231 MS 2487/1-2) (1 folder)

Collection of news-cuttings relating to William Minto (1845-93), critic and professor of logic, University of Aberdeen, (GB 231 MS 3085) (1 vol.)


No known publications using this material

Additional Information

Original papers remained with the depositor at time of deposit