Papers of Davidson and Garden, advocates, Aberdeen

Scope and Content

This extensive collection contains records of the following families, estates, businesses, trusts and other organisations which Davidson and Garden, advocates, Aberdeen, represented. It does not include the institutional records of Davidson and Garden, themselves.

Aberdeen, Banff, Moray and Kincardineshire Wholesale and Retail Master Butchers' Association; Aberdeen Blind Asylum; Aberdeen Harbour Commissioners; Aberdeen Herald; Aberdeen Hospital; Aberdeen Hospital Board; Aberdeen Suburban Tramways; Aberdeen Town and Harbour; Aberdeenshire voters; John Abernethy; Mrs A. Adamson, of Turriff; R. Alcock; Alford Road Trustees; estate; Ardoyne and Druminnor estates; Auchmacoy estate; Auchmedden estate; Baird of Auchmedden; Balgownie Lodge estate; Balquhain estate; Banchory Lodge estate; Banchory Ternan Churchyard; Banff; Dr. A. Bell; Bennachie estate, Malabar, S. India; Bieldside estate; James Black; William Bodie of Inverurie; Bognie, Forgue and Mountblairy estates; Bon-Accord distillery; Bonaccord works; John Brownie of Westerton of Logie; James Burgess Trust; Burnett of Elrick; Burnett Ramsay family (see Banchory Lodge); Buthlaw and Newtyle estates; Byth estate; Cairnglass and Lochend estate; Robert Campbell of Aberdeen; Candacraig estate; Caskieben estate; Janet Chalmers of Westfield Trust; Lewis Chalmers of Fraserburgh; James Chivas Trust; Clachriach and Old Maud estates; Patrick Cooper; Corse estate; Countesswells estate; Adam Coutts of Aberdeen; Coutts family; John Crawford Trust; Crawford of Climpy, Lanarkshire; John Crombie of Grandholm; Janet Cruickshank; Culbeg estate; Dalrossach estate; Alexander Davidson, advocate; Duncan Davidson of Inchmarlo; George Davidson of Mugiemoss; Davidson and Co., papermakers; HMS Desiree (see Farquhar); Douglas of Airyhall, Cults; David Dunn Trust; Drumrossie estate; Drumtochty and Countesswells; Duff family (see Meldrum, see Byth); John Duncan Trust; Dunecht estate; Echt estate; Sir Arthur Farquhar; Fetternear estate; Fire insurance - various estates; Sir Charles Forbes; Major General D. Forbes of Migvie House, Aberdeen; Duncan Forbes of Ernan Lodge; James Forbes of Seaton; Michie Forbes of Crimond; Rev. Robert Forbes; William Forbes, merchant, of Aberdeen; Forbes of Aslown family; Forbes of Blelack and Inveranan family; Forbes of Newe family; Major General Thomas Foulerton of Rubislaw Park; Fraser of Ingismaldie family; Major Andrew Gammell (see also Lethendy and Whitewell); Rev. James Gammell; John Garland of Cairnton; Robert Garland of Cowhythe, Portsoy; Glenfarquhar estate; Glenkindie estate; Alexander Glennie, quarrier, of Maybank, Trust; Glentana estate; Francis Gordon of Craig and Kincardine; Gordon of Newton family; Gordon of Overhall family; Gordon's Mills; Captain John Grant of Hatton; Dr R. Lyall Grant (see Lyall Grant family); Greig family; Alexander and William Hall, shipbuilders, Aberdeen; James Hay of Seaton; Hay of Lawfield, Berwickshire, family; Hay of Seaton family; James Henderson of Caskieben; William Henderson; Henderon of Caskieben family; Henderson of Littlewood Park family; Hilton estate; Agnes Inglis; John Inglis; George Innes; Innes of Cowie family; Insch estate; Inveranan estate; Inverurie; Dr Irvine of Friendship estate, Jamaica; George Jamieson and Co.; Johnston of Hilton family; Kayan Coconut Co.; James Keith of Lachine, Lower Canada; John Keith, merchant, of Aberdeen; Dr. William Keith, of Easter Muchalls; Kilgour family; Kilgour of Loriston family; Kilraik estate; Kilravock estate; Kilravock and Cawdor estates; Kincardine O'Neil and Dalhakie estates; North Kinmundy; Kintore estate; Laithers estate; Laithers and Inchbreck; Dr. Leask; Leask family; Thomas C. Leslie; Leslie family trust; Captain J. Leslie; Leslie of Balquhain family; Leslie of Berryden family; Leslie of Nethermuir family; Leslie of Warthill family; Lethendy and Whitewell estates; Lickleyhead Land Co.; Lime supplies - various estates; Charles Livingstone; Lockhart of Castlehill, Lanarkshire, family; Lyall Grant family; David MacKenzie of Newhills; James MacPherson; Maxton family; Meldrum estate; Meldrum and Byth estates; Melgum estate; Melgum and Armidale estates; Milden estate; Miller of Glenlee, Kirkudbright, family; Milne of Craigellie family; Milne and Walker Co.; Barbara Milne of Armiddle; James Milne (see Hall); Dr. John D. Milne, advocate, of Aberdeen; Janet Mitchell (see Cruickshank); Morehead of Herbertshire, Stirlingshire; Major Morrison of Mountblairy; F. Muil Trust;; Dr. Murchison; James T. Murray; Murtle estate; Nairn river; A.J. Napier; Mary Jeffrey Napier of Coates Hall, Edinburgh; Napier family (see Maxton); Nethermuir estate; Newhills parish; Newton estate; Newtyle (see Burnett); A.B. Nicholson of Glenbervie; Old Maud (see Clackriach); Old Netherley estate; Orrock estate; Panton of Middlefield, Edenbank, Roxburghshire; Pirie and sons, papermakers; Ben Reid and Co., market gardeners; J.T. Rennie Trust; Peter Robertson Trust; Robinson of Orcharton family; Ross of Tillycorthie family; Saltoun family; Hercules Scott; Walter Scott of Boynsmill, Forgue and Glendronach distillery; Scott of Campfield family; Seaton estate; William Shand of Craigellie; Sheelagreen estate; Shipmasters' Association, Aberdeen; Shireff and Alcock Co.; Silver of Netherley Kincardine, family; Sir J. Sinclair; William Stark; David Stephen; Stephen of North Kinmundy family; Strachan of Glenkindie family; Strachan estate; Stuart of Inchbreck and Laithers family; Stuart of Laithers family; Andrew Sutherland, auctioneer; Mortimer, Sutherland and Co.; Alexander Thomson of Banchory Trust; George and Hannah Thomson of Boynsmill, Aberdeenshire; Tillymorgan estate; Captain James Tough (see Bon-Accord Distillery); Trinity Chapel, Aberdeen; Trinity Congregational Church, Aberdeen; Turner of Turnerhall and Tipperty family; Turnerhall estate; Union of Women Workers, Aberdeen; Robert S. Walker Trust; Walker of Orrok family; Wardhouse estate, Warthill; Water of Leith Bill; Re. John Watt Trust; West Indies sailings; W.G. Wilson; Wood family trust; SS Woodford; Woodside Oldgroves Friendly Society.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alexander Davidson (1818-1895), alumnus of Marischal College, 1832-1833, 1834-1836, joined the family firm of D. & P. Davidson, then entered various partnerships, finally in 1870, with James Garden establishing the firm of Davidson and Garden. He held, amongst many public offices, those of chairman of directors of many major local companies and Commissionar of Supply for Aberdeenshire; he was also a member of the council of the New Spalding Club.

James Garden (1812-1884), alumnus of Marischal College, 1826-1829, was admitted as Guild burgess of Aberdeen in 1863. In 1843 he established the firm of Murray & Garden, which in 1870 joined in the firm of Davidson and Garden, which merged with Milne, MacKinnon and Peterkins on 1 Jan 1990, forming Peterkins solicitors, Aberdeen.

Details extracted from Society of Advocates volume (L Aa P14 Stu 60)


Interim arrangement as described in Scope and Content, above.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in 1970, by Davidson and Garden, advocates, Aberdeen

Other Finding Aids

An index of families, estates, businesses, trusts and other organisations represented in the collection is available in the Reading Room, Special Libraries and Archives (e-mail: The individual collections are, for the most part, unsorted; although interim finding aids exist for some, and use can be made, with caution (see Custodial History, above), of NRA(S) survey 0051.

Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online

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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 archive was surveyed by the NRA(S) in 1961 (Survey no. 0051), but not all of the collections mentioned in that survey were deposited in the University. Some were returned to their owners; some were retained by the firm; and some were not found at time of deposit. A number of collections not surveyed in 1961 were, however, deposited.


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Related Material

Separate deposits of records have been made to the University by many of the families, estates, businesses, trusts and other organisations which Davidson and Garden, advocates, Aberdeen, represented. Further details available on the library catalogue


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