Letters of John Hunter and others, 1809, 1811, 1827-1829.

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Letters of John Hunter and others.

ms715: Memorandum that Hugh Cleghorn, [professor of civil and natural history, University of St Andrews], procured from the Lords of the Treasury the remittance of customs duty due on a silver bowl of Burmese manufacture presented to the University of St Andrews by Lt Col Brodie.St Andrews, 9 July 1827.(2pp)

ms1066: Autograph letter signed, John Hunter, [Principal of United College, University of St Andrews], to Messrs Spottiswode and Robertson, solicitors, London.Concerning a putative will of John Farquhar [cf ms1070].Signed Jo: Hunter.St Andrews, 29 January 1829.(2pp + address page)

ms1067: Autograph letter signed, John Hunter, [Principal of United College, University of St Andrews] to Messrs Spottiswode and Robertson, solicitors, London.Seeking an early hearing for a trial.Signed Jo: Hunter.St Andrews, 28 January 1809.(2pp + address page)

ms1068: Autograph letter signed, John Hunter, [Principal of United College, University of St Andrews], to Messrs Spottiswode and Robertson, solicitors, London.Advising them to prepare papers for the consideration of Sir Samuel Romilly.Signed Jo: Hunter.St Andrews, 5 August 1811.(1p + address page)

ms1069: Autograph letter signed, John Hunter, [Principal of United College, University of St Andrews], to Messrs Spottiswode and Robertson, solicitors, London.Informing them of the payment of stamp duty on a warrant for the payment of a pension of 100 to Sir Henry Jardine, enclosing ms715.Signed Jo: Hunter.St Andrews, 9 July 1827.(1p)

ms1070: Autograph letter signed, John Hunter, [Principal of United College, University of St Andrews], to Messrs Spottiswode and Robertson, solicitors, London.Concerning Mr John Farquhar's will, and advising them of the existence of a sealed parcel presently in the vaults of the Bank of Scotland, formerly in possession of Peter Glass of Kinaldy [Fife]. Mr Briggs, the university quaestor will transmit the remittance due via Mr Sandys.Signed Jo: Hunter.St Andrews, 23 September 1828.(2pp + address page)

ms1071: Autograph letter signed, John Hunter, [Principal of United College, University of St Andrews], to Messrs Spottiswode and Robertson, solicitors, London.Giving further information concerning ms1070.Signed Jo: Hunter.St Andrews, 7 October 1828.(2pp + address page)

ms1072: Autograph letter signed, John Hunter, [Principal of United College, University of St Andrews], to Messrs Spottiswode and Robertson, solicitors, London.[Concerning the will of John Farquhar ?].Signed Jo: Hunter.St Andrews, 23 December 1828.(1p + address page)

ms1073: Autograph letter signed, John Hunter, [Principal of United College, University of St Andrews], to Messrs Spottiswode and Robertson, solicitors, London.Concerning the appointment of joint counsel by the universities in the affair of [John] Farquhar.Signed Jo: Hunter.St Andrews, 7 January 1829.(2pp + address page)

Administrative / Biographical History

John Hunter (1746-1837) was the first lay Principal of United College, St Andrews. He had studied at Edinburgh University, acted as clerk to Lord Monboddo, and was then appointed in 1775 as professor of humanity at St Andrews University. He remained in this post until 1835, only retiring to become Principal.

Hugh Cleghorn (1752-1836) was the son of John Cleghorn, a brewer in Edinburgh. He studied at Edinburgh University, gaining his MA in 1772, then was appointed professor of civil history at St Andrews University from 1773 to 1793. He acted as chief secretary to the government in Ceylon from 1798 to 1800. He acquired the estate of Strathivie in Fife in 1806.

Arrangement

Single item

Conditions Governing Access

By appointment with the Keeper of Manuscripts. Access to records containing confidential information may be restricted.

Note

Call numbers used to be ms715, ms1066-73

Other Finding Aids

Individual Manuscripts and Small Collections database available as part of Manuscripts Database.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Paper: ms 715 1 sheet, 22.4x18.2cm folded. ms1066-1073 single sheets, 40x23cm folded.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Keeper of Manuscripts. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Accruals

None