Correspondence relating to Professor Allan Menzies

Scope and Content

Contained in the bound volume forming the collection are:

  • - brief notes on a building in Lanark
  • - loose letter dated 1816, to 'My dear Mother' from Menzies
  • - offprint The image of clay that the screw-maker set up, George Stephens, Denmark, 1885
  • - various letters 1855-1856, largely to Menzies' widow commiserating on his death, and including a letter from the Lord Provost of Edinburgh and senior University figures

Administrative / Biographical History

Allan Menzies was Professor of Conveyancing, Edinburgh University, between 1847 and 1856. In 1851-1852 the Menzies' household resided at Murrayfield House in the city. His law firm was Menzies and Maconochie, Queen Street, Edinburgh.

Professor Allan Menzies died in 1856 aged 51. He was buried in Dean Cemetary, Edinburgh.

Menzies' daughter married the Victorian landscape painter John MacWhirter.

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Acquisition Information

Purchased January 2007. Accession no: E2007.07.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material gathered in Special Collections.

Other Finding Aids

None prepared for this collection.

Archivist's Note

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