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Papers of Sir Roderick Impey Murchison and his Family

Identifier: Coll-51

Scope and Contents

  1. Family papers
  2. Papers of Kenneth Murchison
  3. Papers of Sir Roderick Impey Murchison


  • Creation: 1771-1935


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Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Kenneth Murchison (1751-1796) purchased the estate of Tarradale, Ross and Cromarty, shortly after his return to Scotland from India, where he had served as a surgeon at Calcutta. He married Barbara Mackenzie in 1790. Their son Roderick (later Sir) was born in 1792. Kenneth died when his son was still an infant. Roderick married Charlotte Hougin


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The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bulk of collection purchased from Sothebys, 1979: Accession E.80.48. Coll-51/3/1 purchased from Stride and Son (Lot 186), 1983: Accession E.83.60.


No known appraisal of this material has been carried out since it was received.


No accruals expected but acquisition of other Murchison material fits with collecting policy.

Existence and Location of Copies

No known copies.


Geikie, Archibald, Life of Sir Roderick I. Murchison, Bart: based on his journals and letters with notices of his scientific contemporaries and a sketch of the rise and growth of Palaeozoic geology in Britain , ( London, J Murray, 1895)
Stafford, Robert A, Scientist of Empire, Sir Roderick Murchison, scientific exploration and Victorian imperialism, ( Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1989)

Processing Information

Grant Buttars 10 November 2009

Papers of Sir Roderick Impey Murchison and family
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Repository Details

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