Correspondence of Lady Mary Lyon Baillie of Polkemmet (d. 1872)

Scope and Content

The correspondence of Lady Mary Lyon Baillie consists of letters from Polkemmet to her sister Mrs. E. Campbell of Barcaldine. The letters are general in content, giving a glimpse of country and town life of the period. There is a description of a public rebuke in church, and mention of a risk of smallpox.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lady Mary Lyon Baillie was the daughter of James Dennistoun of Colgrain and Margaret Dreghorn. In 1815 she married William Baillie, who in 1816 became Sir William Baillie, 1st Baronet of Polkemmet, on the death of his father.

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The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke, Asworth P. (eds.) A genealogical and heraldic history of the peerage and baronetage, the Privy Council, and knightage. 87th ed. p.187. London: Burke's Peerage Ltd., 1929.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.

Related Material

The local Indexes show various references to Lady Mary Lyon Baillie related material (check the Indexes for more details): letter to Lady Mary about Bank of England stock in the names of two of her own relations, 1824, Dk.6.19/2; and a mention of her in a letter, Dk.6.19/1.