Although known as the Tayler Genealogical Collection, this collection is comprised almost wholly of original records, principally correspondence, of The Duff family of Duff House (including the first and second Earls Fife) and their factor, William Rose of Montcoffer. It dates from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, together with a few items of earlier and later periods which were acquired by Rose or the Taylers from family archives and other sources. It seems to have acquired its title owing to the part which the letters played in the compilation of the Tayler's several histories of the Duff family, and, though their contents will be of interest to family historians, their research value is much wider, covering the spheres of local history, estate management, rural affairs, politics, etc.
The records are arranged in 351 sections, and alphabetically by name of correspondent, subject (e.g. taxes, game laws, naval affairs, acts of Parliament), or, more rarely, place (e.g. Aberdeen, Nairn). For a full list of topics covered, contact the Reading Room, Special Libraries and Archives (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Many letters are accompanied by their original covers and frequently have appended drafts of replies or memoranda by Fife or Rose and his son. There are occasionally pencilled marks by Miss Tayler.