Leith Buchanan Papers

Scope and Content

Legal missives and other documents; Financial ledgers

Administrative / Biographical History

The Leith Buchanan Papers appear to comprise legal and estate papers of the Leith Buchanan Family, sometime owners of Ross Priory at Gartocharn, and their antecedents. The documents, mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries, relate to land and property in the area around Drymen. Although most refer to title deeds and the purchase or transfer of property, some documents list rents paid and crops grown on the family estates, and a few list the debts owed by individuals, perhaps at the time of their death. The Buchanan Family had been associated with this area since the 11th century, when they gained the lands of Cameron and Drummikill. The 'Lands of the Ross' were purchased by William Buchanan in 1625, and the present house of Ross Priory (a fine example of Gothic architecture) was designed in 1810 by James Gillespie Graham. The male line died out and the heiress of the Ross married Sir Alexander Wellesley William Leith in 1830. The estate was leased to Major George Christie (1879-1972), a businessman with interests in the local textile industry, in 1925. He was able to purchase the estate in 1949 and lived there until 1969. Ross Priory was later purchased by the University of Strathclyde.

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Archivist's Note

Archivist's note: Description prepared by Margaret Harrison, Web version by Graham S. Holton, Jordanhill LibraryRules or Conventions: Description based on Scottish Archive Network guidelines, based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000). and Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997)Date of descriptions: November 2007.

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