Papers of Harry Gordon Slade, architectural historian

Scope and Content

The collection comprises plans, drawings, papers and printed articles produced by H. Gordon Slade, relating to the architecture of towns, villages, castles, stately homes and vernacular buildings, principally (though not exclusively) of the north east of Scotland, 1971 - 2001. Places represented by plans and drawings include Allerton; Arbuthnott House; Artamford; Balbithan House; Beldorney; Brampton Bryan Castle, Hereford; Broughton Castle; Carnousie; Castle Fraser; Cluny Castle; Craigston Castle; Druminnor; Fetternear; Fyvie Castle; Gareloch; Glamis Castle; Greenmill, Dumfries; Lickleyhead; Midmar Castle; Old Tain; Ormeclett Castle; Postern Park, Tonbridge; Rothiemay; Samson Houses; South Erradale; Tillycairn. There are also plans of the parish kirks of Aberdeen, St Nicholas; Cupar, St Michael; Dundee, St Mary; Edinburgh, St Giles; Edinburgh, Greyfriars; Elgin, St Giles; Haddington, St Mary; Linlithgow, St Michael; Perth, St John the Baptist; St Andrews, Holy Trinity; and Stirling, Holy Rood. As well as copies of short articles published in Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, The Archaeological Journal, Garden History and others, there are manuscript and typescript drafts, together with related papers and original illustrations for Glamis Castle (London: Society of Antiquaries of London, 2000)

Administrative / Biographical History

Harry Gordon Slade, FSA, trained as an architect, and worked as an architect and inspector with English Heritage. He has undertaken extensive research and published several works on the architecture of the castles, stately homes and vernacular buildings of the north east of Scotland. As a member of the Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group, he makes regular contributions to their annual publication Vernacular Building. Other printed works include Glamis Castle (London: Society of Antiquaries of London, 2000).


Arranged as received.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in Apr 1983, and subsequently, by H. Gordon Slade

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list available in the Reading Room, Special Libraries and Archives (e-mail:

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

Alternative Form Available

No copies known

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


Regular additions received since 1983, and further deposits anticipated

Related Material

Simpson Collection (Sim). One of several named library collections maintained by the University, this valuable resource represents the working collection of Dr W. Douglas Simpson (1896-1968), archaeologist and University of Aberdeen Librarian, who was an authority on castellated architecture, particularly in Scotland. The Collection contains all his works as well as inscribed copies from scholars in the same field. It consists of some 250 mostly interleaved and annotated copies of his own very numerous publications and related material, plus c. 150 pamphlets. There are also 5500 glass lantern slides used in his lectures, approx. 1750 postcards, and large-scale plans of buildings, produced in the course of his investigations. A collection level description is available from the Historic Collections home page

The Simpson Collection is complemented by several deposits of W. Douglas Simpson's personal papers, relating principally to his research and publications on Scottish architecture and archaeology (GB 231 MS 2229; GB 231 MS 2230; GB 231 MS 2285; GB 231 MS 2398; GB 231 MS 2498; GB 231 MS 2729; GB 231 MS 2818; GB 231 MS 2910; GB 231 MS 2968; GB 231 MS 3042; GB 231 MS 3442).

Peter Rourke slide collection of Scottish castles, c 1960 - 1994 (GB 231 MS 3498). A much smaller collection than the Simpson Collection, but fully indexed, and comprehensive in its coverage of Scottish castles and fortified houses.


H. Gordon Slade, Glamis Castle (London: Society of Antiquaries of London, 2000)

Additional Information

This material is original