Papers of Gordon family, Earls of Aberdeen, relating to Cromar estate, Aberdeenshire

Scope and Content

Nineteenth century estate records from the Earl of Aberdeen's Cromar estate. The collection comprises factory accounts, 1845 - 1870; cash books containing crop accounts, 1829 - 1843 and 1929 - 1862; rental ledgers, 1830 - 1855; crop accounts ledgers, with indexed entries for each tenant and records of payments in money or kind, 1836 - 1869; records relating to Government drainage scheme, arranged by farm name, 1849 - 1850.

Administrative / Biographical History

Cromar Estate, Aberdeenshire, once the property of the Earl of Aberdeen, is now administered by the MacRobert Trusts.


Arranged by record type and chronologically therein

Conditions Governing Access

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

Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in 1984, by the administrator of the MacRobert Trusts

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list available in the Reading Room, Special Libraries and Archives (e-mail:

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

Custodial History

The records were found by the MacRobert Trustees in their offices at Balmuir, Tarland, Aberdeenshire, in 1984


No accruals expected

Related Material

Some related records of Cromar Estate were retained by the MacRobert Trustees in 1984. Further details available upon request. (e-mail:


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Additional Information

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