Papers of the Govane Family of Drumquhassle

Scope and Content

Correspondence (c300 letters); Account books; Household expenses and receipts; Railway map and prospectuses; Diary and pocket books; Maps of the estate; Plans and drawings for Park of Drumquhassle; Family tree; Marriage contract and other legal documents; File of correspondence and documents concerning the Baltimore Govanes; Valuation roll; Album of poems and sketches; Books; Miscellaneous items

Administrative / Biographical History

The Barony of Drumquhassle is recorded as early as 1550, when it was owned by John Cunningham. The estate, which extended from south east of Drymen, north of Glasgow (where it bordered the estate of the Buchanan, later Leith Buchanan Family) to Gartness on the River Endrick, was purchased by the Govane family in the 17th century from the heirs of Archibald, Lord Napier. The estate comprised farms, houses, corn, lint and woollen mills, and the mansion house, Park of Drumquhassle. The earliest record of the family in the area is in 1637, when William Govan was a merchant in Drymen. In addition to the landed estate, the family had business interests (probably textiles) locally and in Glasgow. They also appear to have had business interests overseas, in South America, Antigua and Maryland, where they were among the founding families of Baltimore. A grand new mansion house was built in 1839 to replace the old Park of Drumquhassle. After the death of Barbara Govane in 1870, the house was leased to tenants and was eventually sold to Mr George Mitchell around 1919. A brief history of the family, The Govanes of Drumquhassle, was written by Jim Leiper and published by Drymen and District Local History Society in 2000.

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Summary of records available online; the collection is not listed to item level

Archivist's Note

Archivist's note: Description prepared by Margaret Harrison.Rules or Conventions: Description based on Scottish Archive Network guidelines, based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000). and Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997)Date of descriptions: September 2008

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