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Papers of the Anderson, Urquhart and Graham Families

Identifier: Coll-1835

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, diaries, legal documents, inventories, student notes, sermons, and business accounts relating to the members of the Anderson, Urquhart, and Graham families (all related). The material covers the 18th and 19th centuries and relates to subjects as varied as ironmongery, sea travel, study of humanities in the 1820s, preaching and sermons, school teaching, etc. This collection provides an excellent insight into the daily life in Edinburgh in the late 1700s and in the 1800s.


  • Creation: 1761-1979


Language of Materials

Mostly English, with a few texts in Ancient Greek and Latin in John Urquhart's papers, and in Italian in Signor Ferretti's papers.

Conditions Governing Access

Open, but please contact the repository in advance.

Biographical / Historical

The members of the Anderson, Graham, and Urquhart families represented in this collection were all part of the same family tree and were connected by blood relationship, marriage, partnership and friendship. Many of them were born and lived in Edinburgh. Amongst them were ironmongers and businessmen, a surgeon, travellers, preachers, a theologian, school teachers, students, etc. More detailed biographical information on each individual can be found in their own agent record.


5 boxes


This collection is arranged by members of the families, or individuals linked to them.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Papers purchased as one single collection in September 2017.

Accession no SC-Acc-2017-0201.

Separated Materials

Two printed books have been separated from the manuscripts and given their own references. See the papers of William Graham (coll-1835/3) and the papers of William Anderson (coll-1835/8).

Processing Information

Catalogued by Aline Brodin in October-November 2017.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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