Papers of Stirling family of Cadder

Scope and Content

The papers include correspondence.

Administrative / Biographical History

This branch of the family was in existence in the thirteenth century and the property is known to have passed to the Stirlings of Keir in the sixteenth century, subsequent to the marriage of the daughter and heiress of Andrew Stirling of Cadder who died in 1522 to James Stirling, eldest son of Sir John Stirling of Keir. Despite the marriage being unlawful due to consanguinuity, the heiress was persuaded to resign her estate to James Stirling in 1541. Janet then married Thomas Bischop who became in 1544 Private Secretary to the Regent, the Earl of Lennox. A notable later member of the family was Admiral Sir James Stirling, fifth son of Andrew Stirling of Drumpelier (1791-1856), founder of the city of Perth, and first governor of Western Australia.


The papers remain as arranged by Thomas Willing Stirling.

Access Information

By appointment with the Archivist. Access to unpublished records less than 30 years old and other records containing confidential information may be restricted.


Description compiled by Rachel Hart, Archives Hub Project Archivist.

Other Finding Aids

No list, but a brief list of letters, 1753-1863, used in writing a biography of Admiral Sir James Stirling, is available from the Keeper of Manuscripts.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Custodial History

Gifted to the University Library in 2002.


TW Stirling, The Stirlings of Cadder (St Andrews, 1933)PS Drew, Biography of Admiral Sir James Stirling (forthcoming)

Additional Information

This material is original.