Papers of the Erskine family of Pittodrie, Aberdeenshire

Scope and Content

Legal papers of the Erskine family of Pittodrie, Aberdeenshire, 1602 - 1787, comprising tack of teinds, 1602; charter of William Erskine, in favour of Sir James Elphinstone of Logie, bart., in liferent, respecting church or chapel lands of Chapel of Garioch, Meikle Wartle, and other lands, lying in the parish of Rayne, 1719; disposition and bond of taillzie by Thomas Erskine of Pittodrie, 1751; nomination and deed of taillzie by Thomas Erskine of Pittodrie, 1752; inventories of writs of Harthill, Old Rayne and other lands lying in the parishes of Oyne and Rayne, 1632 - 1705, and of rights of teind of Conglass or Kinglass, Inverurie, belonging to Miss Mary Erskine of Pittodrie, 1765; draft marriage contract between Major Henry Knight and Miss Mary Erskine, daughter of deceased Thomas Erskine of Pittodrie, 1779; memorial and queries (with 2 copies of answers), for the children of the marriage between Lieutenant Colonel Henry Knight and Miss Mary Erskine of Pittodrie, 1787.

Administrative / Biographical History

Pittodrie estate, Chapel of Garioch parish, Aberdeenshire, was in the hands of the Erskine family from 1602. It was succeeded by Henry Knight Erskine, Esq. (b 1858) in 1870, and remained in his hands in 1901.



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Acquisition Information

Date and source not recorded. Possibly deposited in the University by Thomas Erskine of Pittodrie, before 1969.

Other Finding Aids

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

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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

Custodial History

Believed to have remained in family hands prior to deposit


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Related Material

Survey and rental of estate of Pittodrie, Aberdeenshire, 1771 (GB 231 MS 2392) (1 volume, 60 leaves).

J. Watson Lyall and Co., Particulars of the valuable residential estate of Pittodrie, in Aberdeenshire, for sale by private bargain (London, Watson Lyall, ?1900) (copy deposited in University Local Collection, ref. L f p Lambda Pitt)

E. and H. Lumley, Descriptive particulars, with plans and conditions of sale, of the Pittodrie estate & baronies, Aberdeenshire, ..., which will be sold, ..., on Tuesday, the 9th day of June, 1885 (n.p.:, 1885) (copy deposited in University Local Collection, ref. L fAb21 Q5 Pit)


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