George Duncan Paterson FSA (Scotland)

Scope and Content

Alphabetical file containing material on Scottish family and place names; albums containing press cuttings mainly concerning Scottish family names and history; notebooks, and material in an envelope, concerning Scottish personal and place names.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Duncan Paterson was a partner in the printing and stationers firm of Murdoch and Paterson of 275 Blackness Road and Commercial Street, Dundee. In his spare time he was an amateur historian and genealogist and had a world reputation as an expert in the history of family names.

Educated in Dundee at the High School, he was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1922, but does not seem to have published any of his work in their official proceedings. He had hobbies ranging from the breeding of West Highland Terriers to singing with the Dundee Choral Union. While returning from a choir practice in January 1943 he collapsed and died on a tramcar in the city centre.


Records are arranged within series. Some material is awaiting arrangement.

Access Information

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

The records were presented to the College Library by the family of the late George Duncan Paterson in 1945.


Part of this collection appears to have been separated and removed to form MS 18.

Fonds level description compiled by Sarah Chubb, Archives Hub Project Archivist, August 2001.

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Alternative Form Available

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Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges are made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply.


None expected.

Related Material

MS 18 Andrew Gilchrist, Burnbank, Lanarkshire: Notebooks