Papers of Dr Hugh Lang of Mansefield, Largs

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Correspondence and financial accounts.

Online list

Administrative / Biographical History

Dr Hugh Lang was born in Largs, Ayrshire in 1779. He graduated in medicine at the University of Edinburgh and lived at Mansfield House, Largs. He made his fortune in the Danish West Indies, owning plantations producing sugar and rum in St Croix - the estates of Mon Bijou, Good Hope, William, Paradise and Adventure. Lang also took an interest in his local community. He was involved in the planning of Brisbane New Town at Largs and was a Trustee of Brisbane School. He was a keen sailor and commissioned a yacht from Fifes of Fairlie. The Lang Papers comprise incoming letters to Dr Lang, mainly relating to the management of his estates in the West Indies. There are also letters from family and friends such as the Eckford family. Further information on Dr Hugh Lang may be found in 'Largs through the ages', by J R D Campbell (1995)

Conditions Governing Access



Accession number 785

Other Finding Aids

Online list to item level, arranged chronologically, with transcripts of letters

Archivist's Note

Archivist's note: Description prepared by Margaret Harrison, Web version by Graham S. Holton, Jordanhill LibraryRules 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: January 2008.