Inverallochy papers

Scope and Content

Collection of charters, sasines and other legal papers relating to the families and property of the Frasers of Cairnbulg, of Durris, of Fraserburgh, of Inverallochy, of Lovat, of Muchall [now known as Castle Fraser], of Philorth, and of Stoneywood, which passed into the hands of the Frasers of Inverallochy, 1549 - 1856. A charter of 1558 from John Hamilton, Archbishop of St Andrews, to George Fraser and his wife, Christina Ogivie, has a good specimen of the archiepiscopal seal appended (GB 231 MS 2701/ 4); and others, dating from 1605 and 1609, have intact seals of Sir Alexander Fraser of Fraserburgh and Philorth. The collection also contains assessments of damage to property belonging to Lord Fraser in Rathen during the Civil War, before 1657, by dragoons commanded by the laird of Gight and Sir George Cannon.

For further details see Colin A. MacLaren and Margaret A. Stephen, Reports and Surveys of Archives in Northern Scotland in Northern Scotland, 2(1) (1974-1975), 92

Administrative / Biographical History

Inverallochy is situated in Rathven parish, near Fraserburgh, north east Aberdeenshire. Its lands, together with much of the surrounding countryside, including the estates of Cairnbulg and Philorth, belonged to the powerful Comyn family until the early fourteenth century, when they were confiscated by the Crown. They passed to Sir Alexander Fraser, from whom the Lord Saltoun line descends, in the late fourteenth century.

For further details on the Fraser families in Aberdeenshire see Lavinia Smiley, The Frasers of Castle Fraser: a Scottish family in the nineteenth century, (Salisbury: Russell, 1988).


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Acquisition Information

Gifted to the University in 1957, by the 19th Lord Saltoun

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Abstract of contents stored with the collection

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

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Related Material

Castle Fraser papers (GB 213 MS 3470). Family, estate and personal papers of the Fraser family of Castle Fraser [previously known as Frasers of Muchall].


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