Guide to the Collections held by the Scottish Record Office (as filmed by AJCP)


M584, M985-M986

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Scottish Record Office
Collections held by the Scottish Record Office (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
30 October 1760 - April 1925
Collection Number
M584, M985-M986
285 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Collection includes selected items from:

Correspondence of the Kennedy Family, Earls of Cassillis; Correspondence of the Campbell Family, Earls of Breadalbane, Papers and correspondence of James and Richard D. Campbell, Papers and correspondence of Clerk Family of Penicuik, correspondence of Cunninhame Family relating to the wreck and survivors of the Amilla, Papers of Fox Maule, Secretary at War (1846-1852) and Secretary for War (1855-1858).

Letters and other papers relating to the estate of Colonel Daniel Macpherson in Australia, Papers and correspondence surrounding land in Murray region of Western Australia, Documents relating to Campbell Drummond Riddell,

Abstracts of accounts and bills of Major Robertson's company of the 96th Regiment in Auckland and Launceston, 1842-1844.

Printed publications by Commissioners of Emigration concerning emigration to North American and Australian colonies including application forms, 1831-1833.

Diary of Alexander Strathern on a voyage from Glasgow to Melbourne on the cargo ship Loch Tay, October 1871 – January 1872 and on the return voyage on the Loch Tay from Melbourne to Liverpool, March - July 1872.

Papers of the Dundas Family of Melville. The main correspondents include: Henry Dundas, Robert Dundas, Sir Richard Dundas, Sir John Dalrymple, Frederick Thomson, Alexander Dalrymple, Sir Hew Dalrymple, J. Gambier, Captain Archibald Duff, K. Finlay, William Loring, Admiral Sir George Seymour, Lieutenant Edward Bastard, Sir Joseph Banks, Lieutentnat G.A. Ross, Sir Samuel Auchmunty and Samuel Kekewich. Majority of the papers relate to Navy operations in the East Indies and wider pacific region as well as trade opportunities, troops and conflict in East Indies, opportunities for sea expeditions, ship building material and techniques, East India Company, appointments and promotions in civil and military service and campaign in Java, 1762-1861.

Journal of Lord Elphinstone kept on his travels in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, December 1884 – July 1885.

Correspondence between Henry William Murray and his father John Dalrymple Murray referring to settler lifestyle, sheep farming, financial situation and goldfields, 1853-1854.

Records relating to the investments and financial situation of Beatrice Bell of Mildura and Melbourne, 1920-1923.

Papers of the Ogilvy Family, Earls of Seafield. The papers mainly include correspondence between Charles Grant and members of the Royal Navy during the period when he commanded HMS Seahorse and HMS Lenox, 1760-1806.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for access.

Conditions Governing Use

Many of the records digitised as part of the AJCP are still in copyright. Readers wishing to publish or reproduce documents should seek permission, in the first instance, from the owner of the original material.

Preferred Citation

Acknowledgement of use of this material should refer to the location of the original material and to the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Items from this collection should include references to the location of the original material and to the AJCP nla.obj number, which serves as the online identifier for the digital copy.

For example: M Series: Journal of Capt. James Cook, 18 February-23 September 1770, British Library Add. MS 27885 (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Material selectively filmed at the Scottish Record Office, Edinburgh, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1964 and 1976 (AJCP Reels: M584, M985-M986). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Scottish Record Office, HM General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh.

For further information see Scottish Record Office catalogues [].

Existence and Location of Copies

The original AJCP microfilm of the records filmed from this collection is available at the National Library of Australia [] as well as other institutions holding AJCP microfilm.

Related material filmed by the AJCP from the Scottish Record Office include the Macquarie Family Papers (M460). []

Finding Aid Note

This finding aid is a revised online version of the original finding aid prepared by the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP), published by the National Library of Australia in 2019. The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.

Dates used in this finding aid refer to the date range of the records selected for filming rather than to the date range of the Series or Files.

Advisory Statement

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this Finding Aid contains material and descriptive information which may be considered culturally sensitive and may cause distress, including names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. This Finding Aid contains terms that reflect authors' views or those of the historical period, but which may not be considered appropriate today. While the information may not reflect current understanding, it is provided in an historical context.


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 408, p. 157-158. []

Biographical / Historical

The name of the Scottish Record Office was changed to the National Archives of Scotland in 1999. In 2011 it merged with the General Register Office for Scotland to form National Records of Scotland.

Item Descriptions

Fonds GD25. Papers of the Kennedy Family, Earls of Cassillis (Ailsa Muniments), 19 June 1811 - 27 November 1811

2 items

Archibald Kennedy (1770-1846), 12th Earl of Cassillis (succeeded 1794), 1st Baron Ailsa (created 1806), 1st Marquess of Ailsa (created 1831).

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP reel M584.


Captivity, HMS (ship); Hutchison, John; Kennedy, Archibald, 12th Earl of Cassillis; Lord, Simeon; Macquarie, Lachlan, Col.

Series GD25/9. Miscellaneous papers, 19 June 1811 - 27 November 1811

2 items
Letters: business and estate matters, 19 June 1811 - 27 November 1811 (File GD.25/9/box 42)
2 items

Filmed selectively.

John Hutchinson (HMS Captivity) to Lord Cassillis, 19 June 1811 (Item 13.1)

Gift of model of Tower of David at Jerusalem; Lord Cassillis's kindness during Hutchison's misfortunes.

Governor L. Macquarie (Sydney) to Lord Cassillis, 27 November 1811 (Item 13.2)

Recommendation of Cassillis on behalf of J. Hutchinson; Hutchinson's good behaviour; employment by Simeon Lord; Macquarie's hope that he will do well in the colony.

Fonds GD112. Papers of the Campbell Family, Earls of Breadalbane, 15 December 1834 - 15 August 1845

3 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP reel M584.


Campbell, John, 2nd Marquess of Breadalbane; Davidson, Walter R.; Emigration; New Zealand; Survey work

Series GD112/H63. Colonial papers, 15 December 1834 - 15 August 1845

3 items

Filmed selectively.

W.R. Davidson (Sydney) to Robert Rannie (Perth), 15 December 1834 (File)

Appointment of an assistant surveyor-general with inferior qualifications; Davidson's work in the Survey Department; seeks support of Lord Breadalbane.

R.G. Jamieson (Aberdeen) to J.D. Satrusteguy, 20 August 1842 (File 7)

Descision of government to suspend emigration to Australia; adverse effects on Australian colonists.

W.E. Cormack (Auckland) to Lord Breadalbane, 15 August 1845 (File 10)

State of New Zealand; non-existence of 'vaunted British power'.

Fonds GD64. Campbell of Jura papers, 1835 - 1861

3 items

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP reel M584.


British Army: New Zealand; Cadell, William; Campbell, James; Emigration; Farms and farming: Australia; Goldrush: Victoria; Labour shortage; Land: Victoria; McDougall, A.C.; Rutherford, John; Squatters; Trade: Australia

Biographical / Historical

Richard Dennistoun Campbell (1810-1878), the son of Colin Campbell, of Jura and Craignish.

Copies of papers relating to the affairs of William Cadell, late of New South Wales, 1840 - 1842 (File 1/324)

Includes accounts, correspondence, an agreement between Cadell and James Campbell (18 Jan. 1840) and an inventory of his papers sent to Rankin, 1840-1842. (9 items)

John Rutherford (Melbourne) to R.D. Campbell, 25 January 1859 (File 1/371)

Debts; squatters obliged to buy their land or see it sold over their heads at auction.

A.C. McDougall (Donelly Station, Loddon River, Victoria) to R.D. Campbell, 1835 - 1861 (File 3/5)

Partnership with John Simson; financial matters; death of Campbell's father; stagnation of trade in the colony (1849); Donolly Station; Highland immigrants; sheep farming; McDougall's marriage (1851), relatives of Campbell in Australia; Campbell's assistance to McDougall's mother; gold rushes; scarcity of labour; purchase of a station on the Campaspe River; 'cuckoo cry of 'unlock the lands'; refusal of miners to pay licence fees; Charles Latrobe; transfer of troops from Victoria to New Zealand (1860); wages of rural labourers.(10 letters)

Fonds GD 18. Papers of Clerk Family of Penicuik, Midlothian, 12 December 1793 - 31 October 1858

17 items

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP reel M584.


Australia: land; Bell, W.M. and Co; Bounty, HMS (ship); Clerk, Alexander; Clerk, Henry; Clerk, James; Clerk, Sir George; Comorant, HMS (ship); Farms and farming: Australia; French in the Pacific; Indigenous Australians: Western Australia; Neill, Robert M.; Paintings, drawings and prints: Western Australia; Queen Charlotte, HMS (ship); Royal Navy; Tahiti; Wheat trade

Biographical / Historical

Sir George Clerk (1787-1867), 6th Barnonet (created 1798), Tory MP (1811-1832, 1837-1852), Financial Secretary to the Treasury (1841-1845).

James Clerk (Torbay) to his father John Clerk (Edinburgh), 12 December 1793 (File 4250)

Hopes of promotion; cruise of HMS Queen Charlotte; account of a naval battle against the French; John Hayward, one of crew, served on HMS Bounty and speaks 'in great raptures' of people and climate of Tahiti.

Colonel Edward Sabine (Woolwich) to Sir John Herschel, 12 June 1844 (File 4297)

Proposal to employ Lieutenant. Henry Clerk to make magnetic observations. (printed)

Correspondence between Sir George Clerk, Lieutenant Henry Clerk and Sir Edward Sabine, 6 November 1843 - 24 July 1844 (File 4298)

Includes: Colonel Edward Sabine to Sir George Clerk, 6 Nov. 1843: proposal that Lieutenant Clerk transfer from Cape of Good Hope to Hobart to be assistant at the magnetic observatory.

Colonel Edward Sabine to Sir George Clerk, 3 October 1845 (File 4299)

Encloses letter from Lieutenant Henry Clerk describing his voyage to the high southern latitudes.

Patrick Neill to Sir George Clerk, 13 June 1843 (File 3549)

Encloses: Part of a letter (29 October 1842) from Robert Neill with sketches of King George's Sound and two Indigenous Australians and remarks on the Indigenous Australians of Western Australia; Memorial by Robert Neill re his claim for compensation; Treasury minute thereon.

Statement of quantities and prices of wheat, 1841 - 1843 (File 3578)

J.D. Lacy (Guernsey) to Sir George Clerk, 1 August 1844 (File 3620)

Encloses letter from Edward Lacy of HMS Cormorant (1 May 1844) describing a visit to Tahiti and condemning the action of the French in annexing the island.

Queries and answers re freight rates from Australia to Britain, 1845 (File 3755)

William Bell (Glasgow) to Sir George Clerk, 26 June 1844 (File 5591)

Financial Affairs of George Clerk, a partner in a cattle station in Australia.

Lord Stanley to Sir George Clerk, 29 August 1844 (File 5592)

Unable to offer a position in Australia to Clerk's son, but offers a post in St Helena.

Lord Stanley to Sir George Clerk, 9 July 1845 (File 5596)

Unable to offer a post in Australia to Clerk's son; patronage in hands of the governors.

George Clerk to Sir George Clerk, 1 August 1846; 20 October 1849 (File 5602/1; 5602/8)

Includes: George Clerk (Sydney) to his father Sir George Clerk, 1 Aug. 1846: acknowledges loan of £700; partnership with Lockhart brothers; purchase of cattle station; expects to be a wealthy settler within three years.

George Clerk to Sir George Clerk, 20 Oct. 1849: renewal of pertnership with Lockharts; question of investment in Canada.

W.M. Bell and Co (Melbourne) to Sir George Clerk, 22 July 1857 (File 5607)

Sale of George Clerk's interest in 'Sullandoon'.

Alexander Clerk (Auckland) to his father Sir George Clerk, 24 June 1858 (File 5608/1)

Annuity; thanks for wedding gift.

Alexander Clerk (Auckland) to Sir George Clerk, 31 October 1858 (File 5608/2)

Lack of news from England; marriage settlement; receipt of piano.

Half yearly return of stock at 'Sullandoon', signed by Charles Lockhart, 1 January 1847 (File 5790)

Letters from W.M. Bell and Co. (Melbourne) and accounts relating to sale of 'Sullandoon', 14 March 1857 - 22 July 1857 (File 5792)

Fonds GD21. Papers of the Cuninghame Family of Thorntoun, July 1847 - 4 October 1882

4 items

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP reel M584.


Admilla (ship); Australia: drought; Australia: visits to; Colonial society; Cuninghame, Christian; Cuningham, Helen; Farms and farming: New Zealand; New Zealand: visits to; Ship wreck; Wrey, George E.B.

William Macredie (Melbourne) to Christian Cuninghame, 14 August 1859 (File 475)

Wreck of Admilla and rescue of survivors; talk with Bishop of Hong Kong; encloses bill of exchange of Colonial Bank of Australia.

George Wrey (Australia, New Zealand) to his aunt Mrs. C.E. Stuart, 24 March 1877 - 6 December 1879 (File 482)

Travels in Australia, including the Blue Mountains, an overland journey to Melbourne, the Riverina, Tasmania and South Australia; reading; the Australian landscape; drought; the Melbourne Cup; voyage to New Zealand; social life; travels in New Zealand including Dusky Sound and Milford Sound, the New Zealand Alps, the west coast of the South Island and Rotorua; purchase of a sheep farm at Feilding in the South Island (June 1878), work on the farm, social life; colonial girls; plans of returning to England.

George Wrey (Christchurch; Queenstown, Ireland) to his aunt Mrs C.E. Stuart, 9 March 1882 - 4 October 1882 (File 484)

Travel to England; details of ship; visit to Feilding; plans to travel to California; frozen meat trade.

Christian Cuninghame (Wawregorwan, Victoria) to her sister Helen Cuninghame (London, Kilmarnock), July 1847 - January 1854 (File 465)

Family and social news.

The letters are lengthy and usually the writing is crossed, making them difficult to read.

Fonds GD45. Dalhousie Papers, 25 November 1830 - 1856

9 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP reel M584.


Australia: Colonial military; Australia: exploration British Regiments: 39th; Colonial society; Gold and goldfields: Australia; Grey, Sir George; Maule, Lauderdale; New Zealand: Colonial military; New Zealand: Constitution; New Zealand: Military mutiny; Porirua, New Zealand; Ramsay, Lord George

Biographical / Historical

Fox Maule-Ramsay (1801-1874), Lord Ramsay, 2nd Baron Panmure (succeeded 1852), 11th Earl of Dalhousie (succeeded 1860), Whig MP (1835-1852), Secretary at War (1846-1852), Secretary of State for War (1855-1858).

Series GD45/8. Papers of Fox Maule including military papers, 10 October 1846 - 1856

8 items

Filmed selectively.

Sir George Grey to W.E. Gladstone, 10 October 1846 (File 15)

Mutiny at Porirna and general conditional of service in New Zealand. (Copy with covering letter from Lord Grey and copies of enclosures).

Memorandum on reduction of forces in Australia and settlement of discharged men, n.d. (File 28)
Printed copy of reports from the Governor on discoveries of gold in New South Wales, 25 September 1851 (File 97)
Memorandum on corps of military labourers for Southern and Western Australia, n.d. (File 114)
Memorandum on formation of local companies of pensioners in New Zealand, n.d. (File 115)
Captain L. Cowell. Memorandum on difficulty of maintaining discipline in the Australian colonies and the discontent among troops in Australia, n.d. (File 120)
Printed copy of correspondence and memoranda relating to New Zealand, October 1856 (File 358)
Printed copy of despatches from H. Labouchere, the Colonial Secretary, to Gore Brown, the Governor of New Zealand, 1856 (File 390)

Includes printed copy of 'An Act to grant a Representative Consititution to the Colony of New Zealand, 30th June 1852.

Series GD45/14. General correspondence, 25 November 1830

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Personal Letters, 25 November 1830 (File 548)
1 item
Lauderdale Maule (Sydney) to Lord Ramsay, 25 November 1830 (Item)

Villainies of NSW; a land of moral and physical contradictions; Maule's explorations of the interior of the colony; a journey with Captain. J. Forbes (39th regiment); experiences in the Australian bush; 'the only agreeable moments I have passed in NSW'; Governor Darling; Sydney society; Peter Cunningham's book on NSW; horse races; balls and assemblies.

Related Materials

A diary of one of the exploring expeditions of Forbes and Maule in 1830 was filmed by the AJCP. Please see the Dorset Military Museum on reel M1172. []

Biographical / Historical

Laurderdale Maule (1807-1854) was the younger brother of Fox Maule.

Fonds GD80. MacPherson of Cluny papers, 1855 - 1866

1 item

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP reel M584.

Letters and other papers relating to the estate of Colonel Donald Macpherson in Australia, 1855 - 1866 (File 962)

The papers mostly relate to shares held jointly by Macpherson and Alexander Berry in the Bank of Australia and the case of Berry v. Stirling in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

The correspondents include Macpherson's son, Allan Macpherson (London), William Macpherson (Sydney), H. McCarthy (Sydney), James Norton (Sydney) and Alexander Berry (Sydney). (17 items)

Biographical / Historical

Macpherson (1784-1851) joined the Army in 1796 and rose to be Lieutenant-Colonel of the 39th Regiment in 1832. He served in New South Wales in 1828-1832.

Fonds GD68. Murray of Lintrose papers, 31 March 1837 - 1893

19 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP reel M584.


Accounts, lands and bonds; Convicts: Western Australia; Emigration; Fairbairn, John; Habgood, Robert M.; Habgood, William B.; Indigenous Australians: Western Australia; Stirling Family; Western Australia

Series GD68/2. Correspondence and papers, 31 March 1837 - 1893

19 items

Filmed selectively.

[John] S. Row (Perth) to William Habgood, 31 March 1837 (File 91/1)

Permission to occupy 2150 acres in Murrays district. Includes detailed description of boundaries and map.

Conveyance narrating deed poll of grant of 2150 acres on Murray River, 22 September 1857 (File 93)

To William Habgood of Perth (23 March 1841) who bequeathed it to his brother Robert Habgood, who is conveying it to John Fairbairn of Pinjarrah for £300 sterling.

Mortgage narrating that as £300 has not been paid by John Fairbairn to Robert Habgood, 22 September 1857 (File 94)

It is to be paid by 1 April 1862 with interest.

Conveyance by John Fairbairn of Pinjarrah to Robert Habgood of London for £25 of land, 19 November 1862 (File 95)
Declaration by Robert Besley, Lord Mayor of the City of London, received Robert Habgood and his declaration, 6 October 1870 (File 97)

Robert Habgood's declaration concerns his brother William Habgood's death and the inheritance of the land in the Murray district, Western Australia.

Conveyance narrating the sale of the Murray river land by Robert Habgood to John Gray for £400, 6 October 1870 (File 98)
Bond by David Smythe Murray of St. Leonards in colony of Western Australia, to George and Luke Leake of Perth in said colony, merchants, 3 January 1838 (File 92)
Bank book of J.G. Murray in account with the Western Australia Bank, 7 November 1866 - 31 December 1869 (File 96)
Tillage and pastoral leases of acres in Murray district, Western Australia, granted to D.S., J.G and G.W. Murray, 1870 - 1890 (File 99/1-19)

Also includes other related papers (19 documents)

Reminder of Commissioner of Crown Lands of Western Australia to J. Mckay for rent due on a lease, 20 January 1881 (File 100)
Plan of lands at Burnside, near Pinjarrah, on South West Railway, n.d. (File 101)
Part of plan of Cockburn Sound, location no. 16, n.d. (File 102)
David S. Murray (Canning River, WA) to his mother, 1 January 1839 (File 140)

Describes life in Western Australia; relations with Indigenous Australians; their beliefs about white people; requests paper and ink.

A. Stirling to his father John Stirling, 8 July 1841 (File 143)

Describes his life in Western Australia; unpopularity of governor; David Murray doing well at Fremantle.

Anne Murray to her son David S. Murray, 1841 - 1848 (File 144)

Visit of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to Scotland; hopes government will encourage emigration; European affairs. (3 letters)

James Stirling to [Murray], n.d. (File 145)

Murray's request for money; his distressing position in colony with a wife and a child.

J.G. Murray (Southwell) to his mother Mrs D.S. Murray in Australia. News of family, 25 May 1850; 26 November 1850 (File 146)
L.A. Hankey (Sydenham) to David Smyth Murray, 1 January 1852 (File 147)

Proposed introduction of convicts to Western Australia; evil influence of convicts on children in the colony; news of home and family.

Speech made by a member of the Murray family at Lintrose (probably David S. Murray) on his return from Australia, c.1893 (File 169)

Fonds GD1. Miscellaneous small collections of family, business and other papers, 31 August 1847 - 7 July 1896

3 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP reels M584; M985.


Australia: visits to; Loch Tay (ship); Melbourne, Australia; Riddell, Campbell D.; Ship conditions; Strathern, Alexander

Series GD1/395. Papers of the Riddell Family of Ardnamurchan and Sunart, 31 August 1847 - 21 February 1856

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Biographical / Historical

Campbell Drummond Riddell was a member of the Executive Council of New South Wales.

Documents concerning Campbell Drummond Riddell, 31 August 1847 - 21 February 1856 (File 26)

Including his commission as a member of the Executive Council of New South Wales. (7 documents).

Series GD1/471. Papers on New Blantyre, Lanarckshire, and diaries of visits to Australia and South Africa, 14 October 1871 - 8 July 1872

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Diaries of Alexander Strathern of Blantyre, 14 October 1871 - 8 July 1872 (File 1)

Diary of Alexander Strathern on a voyage from Glasgow to Melbourne on the cargo ship Loch Tay, 14 October 1871-8 January 1872 and on the return voyage on the Loch Tay from Melbourne to Liverpool, 28 March-8 July 1872.

The entries for the outward voyage, which are mostly brief, refer to the weather, seas, accidents, sightings of other ships, church services, concerts, Crossing the Line ceremony, sighting of Cape pigeons, albatrosses, porpoises and whales, deaths of passengers, Christmas dinner, and the sighting of Cape Otway. At the end is the text of a letter of appreciation from the saloon passengers to Captain Alexander Scott, followed by lists of the crew (35) and passengers (41). There are a few pages describing Strathern's short stay in Melbourne, which included visits to Beechworth and Albury. The entries for the return voyage via Cape Horn are very brief.

Series GD1/486. Papers of Andrew Rodger, a New Zealand immigrant, 7 July 1896

1 item

Filmed selectively.

Lord Glasgow (Wellington) to John Rodger, 7 July 1896 (File 2)

Death of Rodger's brother, Andrew Rodger, at Timaru.

Fonds GD146. Robertson of Kindeace papers, 2 December 1841 - 28 March 1844

1 item


Originally filmed on AJCP reel M584.


Auckland, New Zealand; Australia: Colonial military; British Regiments: 96th; Colonial; Launceston, Tasmania; New Zealand: Colonial military; Robertson, Charles, Major

Bundles of abstracts of accounts and bills of Major Robertson's company of the 96th Regiment in Auckland and Launceston, 2 December 1841 - 28 March 1844 (File Box 18)

Fonds GD46. Papers of the Mackenzie Family, Earls of Seaforth, 18 July 1831 - 4 February 1836

2 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP reel M584.

Biographical / Historical

James Alexancer Stuart Mackenzie (1784-1843), who married the daughter of the 1st Baron Seaforth, was a MP (1832-1837) and Governor of Ceylon (1837-1840).

Series GD46/13. Economic and sociological papers, 18 July 1831 - 4 February 1836

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Printed papers published by the Commissioners of Emigration, 18 July 1831 - 10 January 1833 (File 184)

Concerning emigration to the North American and Australia colonies, with application forms.

George Mackenzie to J.A.S. Mackenzie, 4 February 1836 (File 198)

Case of a shepherd named Tweedie anxious to emigrate to New South Wales; Mackenzie can find employment in Australia for shepherds and farm labourers at better wages than in Britain; married couples only need to raise £10 to emigrate.

Fonds GD51. Papers of the Dundas Family of Melville, 1762 - 13 February 1861

197 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP reels M985-M986.


Banks, Sir Joseph; Convicts; Convict labour; Dundas, Henry, 1st Viscount Melville; Dundas, Robert, 2nd Viscount Melville; Dutch East India Company; Dutch East Indies; Emigration; Exploration: maritime; Hydrographic Office; India; Java; Java: military operations; Royal Navy; Royal Navy: health of sailors; Ship building; Timber trade: Australia; Transportation: Convicts; West Indies

Biographical / Historical

Henry Dundas (1742-1811), 1st Viscount Melville (created 1802), Tory MP (1774-, Treasurer of the Navy (1782-1783, 1784-1800), Home Secretary (1791-1794), President of the Board of Control for India (1793-1801), Secretary of State for War (1794-1801), First Lord of the Admiralty (1804-1805).

Robert Saunders Dundas (1772-1851), 2nd Viscount Melville. Tory MP 1794-1811, President of the Board of Control for India (1807-1812), First Lord of the Admiralty (1812-1827, 1828-1830).

Sir Richard Saunders Dundas (1802-1861), son of 2nd Viscount Melville. Entered the Royal Navy in 1817 and quickly rose to the position of captain (1824). In 1825 he commanded HMS Volage on its voyage to the East Indies and New South Wales. Promoted to rear-admiral in 1853, he later served in the Admiralty as second and then first sea lord.

Robert Dundas (1803-1886), 4th Viscount Melville (succeeded 1876) was Storekeeper General of the Royal Navy.

Series 1. Letters and papers on state and public affairs, 5 February 1792 - 23 September 1811

17 items

Filmed Selectively.

Colonel Mark Wood (Reigate) to William Budge, 7 January 1805 (File 1/81)

Inquires whether question of Prince of Wales Island (Penang) will be balloted.

Lord Melville (Dunira) to Robert Dundas, 10 December 1807 (File 1/195/36-37)

Letter from John Drummond, late fort major and barrack master at Prince of Wales Island; proposes to transfer Scottish business and patronage to Robert.

Lord Melville to Prince Regent, 10 July 1811 (File 1/214/2)

Sent letters on East Indies. (draft)

Lord Melville to Princess Elizabeth, 1 August 1811 (File 1/215/1)

Robinson, S. Raffles and Erskine at Prince of Wales Island. (draft)

Lord Melville to Princess Elizabeth, 23 September 1811 (File 1/215/2)

Robinson; appointments at Batavia.

Sir John Sinclair (Edinburgh) to [H. Dundas], 28 September 1799 (File 1/419)

Views on current state of commercial world; could send 60 men from his regiment of fencibles to Holland or East Indies.

W. Brereton (Bishop Waltham) to G. Rose, 28 July 1792 (File 1/479)

Suggests sending timber from NSW to China and encouraging a Chinese colony near Port Jackson.

David Ross (Edinburgh) to H. Dundas, 5 January 1793 (File 1/481/1-4)

Seeks renewal of contract for Lambert and Ross of Calcutta to supply necessaries to NSW; encloses letter from Governor A. Phillip.

Sir John Dalrymple (Edinburgh) to H. Dundas, 30 November 1797 (File 1/486)

Plan for seizure of colonies of Holland if French gain influence in Holland.

Ralph Walker to H. Dundas, 11 January 1796 (File 1/509)

Effects of war on West Indies, with particular reference to sugar production there and in East Indies.

Lord Mcartney (Cape of Good Hope and London) to H. Dundas, 24 October 1797 - 25 April 1801 (File 1/530/1-12)

Advantages of possessing the Cape, with references to East Indies. (12 letters)

John Millar to [H.Dundas], 5 February 1792 (File 1/593)

Medical arrangements for East India Co.; health on voyages of Captain. J. Cook.

Sir James Denham (Edinburgh) to [H. Dundas], 27 September 1797 (File 1/673)

Possibility of his regiment being sent to East Indies.

Duke of York (Weymouth) to Colonel Robert Brownrigg, 30 September 1798 (File 1/688/1-2)

Reinforcements for East Indies. (Copy)

R. Brownrigg to William Huskisson, 3 October 1798 (File 1/688/3)

Sends letter from Duke of York.

Donald MacDonald (Alkmaar) to [H. Dundas], 7 October 1799 (File 1/710)

Lord Chatham's injury; seeks continued protection for his brother in East Indies.

Duke of York to [H. Dundas], 7 August 1800 (File 1/724)

Reinforcements for Ireland; troops in East Indies; Lieutenant Colonel. Brathwayte's father.

Series 2. Policy and departmental administration and correspondence with officers, 26 April 1783 - 13 February 1861

71 items

Filmed selectively.

'Memorial proposing some means for the more effectual preservation of the health and lives of seamen in the Royal Navy' by Frederick Thomson, 19 August 1790 (File 2/11/1)
'Proposal for supplying the Royal Navy with good fermented beer and bread at sea' by Frederick Thomson, 16 May 1791 (File 2/11/2)
Frederick Thomson. Answer to the objections made by the Commissioners of Victualling to the plan proposed for supplying the Royal Navy with bread and beer, 10 February 1792 (File 2/11/3)
Joseph Black (Edinburgh) to H. Dundas, 30 September 1797 (File 2/73/1-2)

Preservation of water from corruption at sea. With an enclosure.

William Ferguson to H. Dundas, 18 September 1800 (File 2/114)

Postage on seamen's letters.

Captain William Broughton (Portsmouth) to H. Dundas, 2 November 1800 (File 2/115)

Offering his services for intended expedition to the South Seas.

Dumourier to [Lord Melville], 20 May 1804 (File 2/148)

Offering his services for an expedition. (In French)

Reverend L. H. Halloran (HMS Britannia) to Lord Melville, 22 May 1804 (File 2/151)

Need for navigational training in the Navy.

Nautious (pseudonym) to Lord Melville, 4 June 1804 (File 2/172)

Need for appointment of a professor of astronomy to instruct officers in lunar observation.

Philonautious (pseudonym) (Limerick) to Lord Melville, 5 June 1804 (File 2/175)

Pay, allowances and uniforms for officers and men of the navy.

Richard Younger to [Lord Melville], 4 August 1804 (File 2/193)

New mode for making salt water fresh.

Memorandum suggesting capture of Reunion and blockage of Mauritius and Batavia, 26 November 1804 (File 2/274)
Major Charles Hill (Newport) to Lord Melville, 13 December 1804 (File 2/295/1-3)

Suggestion for better arming of ships of [East India] Company. With enclosures.

John Gilchrist to Lord Melville, 18 January 1805 (File 2/325)

Plan to raise and maintain a regular native naval force in India.

Sir Evan Nepean to Sir Andrew Hamond, 4 February 1805 (File 2/338)

Report by Snodgrass in 1795 on ship timbers.

Philip Patton (Admiralty) to Sir Andrew Hamond, 7 February 1805 (File 2/339/1-2)

Snodgrass' method of repairing ships. With enclosure.

Alexander Dalrymple. Note on business of the Hydrographic office, 1808-04-26; 1808-05-30 (File 2/399/1-2)

Note on business of the Hydrographic office, with letter to Lord Melville on being relieved of his post as Hydrographer.

Memorandum on the use of old warships as transports with observations by William Budge, 1 April 1809 (File 2/411/1-2)
William Streanshalk (pseudonym) to Lord Melville, 29 May 1810; June 1809 (File 2/425/1-2)

System of hiring transports; advantages of using warships. With an enclosure of June 1809.

James Inglis to Lord Melville (Robert Dundas), 15 August 1812 (File 2/456/1-2)

Affray on the brig Emu between one of the crew and an impress party. With his petition to the Admiralty on the subject.

William Butterfield to Lord Melville: his court martial, 6 April 1811 - 18 March 1813 (File 2/475)

Includes related material.

John Knox (HMS Royal Sovereign) to Lord Melville, 1 June 1813 (File 2/481/1-2)

Sends paper on 'Proposed alterations for medical department of the Navy'.

David Hopkins (Samarang) to Lord Melville, 22 August 1813 (File 2/487/1-2)

Woods in Java suitable for ship building. Includes a table on availible timber in June 1813.

Robert Thornton and W. Elphinstone (East India Company) to Lord Melville, 1814-02-11; 1814-02-15 (File 2/498/1-2)

Duty should be withdrawn from provisions on British warships serving in the Indian seas. Includes a draft of a reply.

Captain. W.F. Owen to Lord Melville, 4 May 1814 (File 2/517/1-2)

Proposal for employing parts of the naval forces during peace, with a letter setting out his scheme of voyages of nautical research in the eastern seas.

Admiral William Domett (Plymouth) to [Lord Melville], 9 May 1814 (File 2/519)

Refer to Captain. Fint of the Lion, captured in Java; the forests in Java.

Memorandum on 'The Principal Duties in the Transport Department in Peacetime...', [1816] (File 2/560)
Major J.M. Close [London] to Lord Melville, 16 March 1818 (File 2/582/1)

Correspondence of Naval and Military Bible Society.

Sir Hew Dalrymple (Eton) to Robert Hay, 24 July 1820 - 7 September 1820 (File 2/617/1-3)

Seeks a free passage to NSW for George Thomson and his family. Includes related correspondence.

William Astell to Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the East India Company, 12 February 1824 - 19 February 1824 (File 2/669/1-2)

Requests a warrant from the Admiralty to allow East India Company ships to wear the ensign hitherto used in the forts and factories in the East India. With draft reply 19 Feburary 1824.

Richard S. Dundas, 21 December 1826 - 2 November 1827 (File 2/704)

Remarks on coasts and headlands made on HMS Warspite (including Australia and New Zealand)

'Proposal for consolidating the Admiralty, Navy and Victualling Boards' by Lord Melville, July 1828 (File 2/711)
James Buller. Reconstitution of the Navy Board, 2 February 1829 (File 2/713)
Copies of letters from Commodore William Loring to Major General Pratt (New Zealand), September 1860 (File 2/744)

On authority over naval brigades.

Peace establishments of the naval forces considered necessary by the East India Company to be employed in the East Indies, 26 April 1783 (File 2/749/1-2)

Includes related material.

List of naval forces at the Cape of Good Hope and in the East Indies, 30 March 1796 (File 2/761)
Transport Office, 12 May 1804 (File 2/779)

Account of all the tonnage on freight now employed by the Transport Service.

John Aitkins to Lord Melville, 1 September 1803 - 10 July 1804 (File 2/797/1-2)

The importance of a good supply of oak timber, with a reference to New South Wales timber, where timber could be felled by convicts. Includes appendix A-C.

Colonel Thomas Graham to [Lord Melville], 26 January [1805] (File 2/959)

Barallier; refers to naval establishment at Prince of Wales Island.

J. Gambier, John Colpoys and Philip Patton (Admiralty) to Navy Board, 6 February 1805 (File 2/960/1)

Ship repairs at the yards.

J. Gambier, John Colpoys and Philip Patton to Navy Board, 16 February 1805 (File 2/960/2)

Ship repairs at the yards according to Snodgrass' suggestions.

Captain Archibald Duff to [Lord Melville], 17 February 1813 (File 2/1047/1-2)

Sends memoir on manning the British Navy.

K. Finlay MP to Lord Melville, 1 July 1814 (File 2/1049/1-2)

Sends draft Bill for protection of mates and encouragement of apprentices.

K. Finlay to Lord Melville, 5 July 1814 (File 2/1049/3)

Asking for opinion of his proposed Bill.

Alexander Dalrymple to Lord Melville, 14 May 1804 (File 2/1063/1)

Letter from Lance on Cochin China.

Henry Addington, Chancellor of the Exchequer, 25 July 1803 (File 2/1063/2)

Coastal defence at home with a letter describing a defence weapon used in the East.

Lady Melville to her son Captain Richard Dundas, 24 December 1840 (File 1088/Bundle 1)

Eastern affairs; family news.

William Loring (Auckland) to Sir Richard Dundas, 28 September 1860 (File 1088/Bundle 3)

Correspondence with Major General Pratt on relative position of troops, seamen and marines when employed together on shore; position of Captain. Seymour.

William Loring to Sir Richard Dundas, 28 October 1860 (File 1088/Bundle 3)

Seeks a shore appointment; situation at Taranaki; Bishop G.A. Selwyn is very able and makes puppets of others without their knowing it.

Captain Byron Drury to Sir Richard Dundas, 14 December 1860 (File 1088/Bundle 3)

Volunteers his services for New Zealand; encloses letters of recommendation.

George Gregory (Portsmouth) to Sir Richard Dundas, 13 February 1861 (File 1088/Bundle 3)

Convicts should be replaced with better paid labourers; experience of convict labour in Gibraltar and Britain, where they cause disturbance.

Admiral Sir George Seymour to Robert Dundas, [1843] (File 1089/Bundle 19)

Plan to send convicts to New South Wales on frigates.

Admiral Sir George Seymour to Robert Dundas, 8 May 1844 (File 1089/Bundle 20)

Taking leave of the Board on his appointment to command in the Pacific.

Memorandum on costs and stores for the Pacific, 11 April 1845 (File 1089/Bundle 20)
Admiral Sir George Seymour (Valparaiso) to Robert Dundas, 13 April 1845 (File 1089/Bundle 21)

Provisioning for a longer voyage; local situation; refers to Tahiti.

William Bowles to Robert Dundas, 13 April 1846 (File 1089/Bundle 21)

Sends an extract of a letter from Admiral Seymour

J.R. Clark (Admiralty) to Robert Dundas, 14 December 1847 (File 1089/Bundle 23)

Naval stores for the western Pacific.

Admiral Sir George Seymour (Valparaiso) to Robert Dundas: stores, 27 September 1847 (File 1089/Bundle 23)
Captain Richard Janverin to [unknown], 9 August 1804 (File 1091/Bundle 1)

Requests to be sent to a warmer climate; service includes taking of Malacca.

Lieutenant Edmund Bastard to Lord Melville, 26 May 1804 (File 1091/Bundle 2)

Requests that his son, Lieutenant John Bastard, be moved to East Indies.

Sir Joseph Banks to Lord Melville, 25 October 1804; 31 October 1804 (File 1091/Bundle 2)

Recommends Lieutenant Fowler of HMS Investigator for a voyage to New South Wales. Includes a copy of reply agreeing to request.

Lieutenant Edmund Bastard to Lord Melville, 1 December 1804 (File 1091/Bundle 2)

Wishes his son to go to East to join Sir Edward Pellew. Includes a copy of the reply - will endeavour to give him an appointment there.

William Dickinson to Lord Melville, 18 September 1804; 17 October 1804 (File 1091/Bundle 3)

Asks that his relative Lieutenant Dickinson be sent to East Indies. Includes copy of answer - request will be considered.

Lieutenant Hood Christian (Madras) to Lord Melville, 18 October 1804; 13 March 1805 (File 1091/Bundle 3)

Seeks promotion in East Indies. Includes copy of reply - already recommended.

G.A. Ross to Lord Melville, 8 December 1804 (File 1091/Bundle 4)

Seeks a foreign appointment.

Lieutenant G.A. Ross (Portsmouth) to D. Budge, 18 December 1804 (File 1091/Bundle 4)

Seeks appointment to a foreign station.

Lieutenant G.A. Ross to D. Budge, 21 December 1804 (File)
Lieutenant G.A. Ross to D. Budge, 2 January 1805 (File 1091/Bundle 4)

Seeks service in the East or West Indies or the Mediterranean.

Nicholas (Board of Excise) to Lord Melville, 15 March 1805 (File 1091/Bundle 4)

Lieutenant. Robert Nicholas to be sent to East Indies.

Sir William Young to Lord Melville, 21 May 1805 (File 1091/Bundle 5)

Seeks a post in East or West Indies for his son, Lieutenant. Charles Young.

Lord Torrington to Lord Melville, 15 April 1805 (File 1093/Bundle 1)

Sends a pamphlet on his services.

Joseph Marryat to [unknown]: promotion of his brother, 19 August 1825 (File 1093/Bundle 2)

Includes related documents.

Frederick Wetherall (Sydney) to Lord Melville, 5 February 1827 (File 1093/Bundle 2)

Death of Sir James Brisbane and the resulting vacancy.

Series 3. Documents relating to the East India Company, Board of Control, India and the East Indies, 1762 - 23 October 1811

68 items

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Lord Wellesley (Fort William) to Dundas, 8 June 1800 (File 3/2/36)

Political affairs in India; the Governor-General's relationship to the Council and Army; expedition to Batavia.

Index to miscellaneous East India papers in possession of H. Dundas, 1762 - 1799 (File 3/6)
Catalogue of collections of East India papers in possession of H. Dundas, 5 September 1785 - 1801 (File 3/7)
3 items

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Proposal Agreement between the English and French East India Companies, 5 September 1785 - 20 May 1787 (Item II)
Private trade, 1786 - 1801 (Item XIII)
Miscellaneous (Item)
List of papers on the affairs of India, Cape of Good Hope and Dutch East Indies in the possession of H. Dundas, 1781 - 1803 (File 3/10)
3 items
Supplementary material to East India Papers on various subjects (Item 3/10/1)
Supplement to the catalogue of East India papers (Item 3/10/2)
Supplemental list of miscellaneous papers on general subjects (Item 3/10/3)

Cape of Good Hope and Dutch East Indies.

H. Dundas to Lord Carmarthan, December 1787 (File 3/23/1-2)

Draft of report on Negapatnam and the Dutch monopoly of the spice trade.

Draft of second article on Negapatnam, n.d. (File 3/23/3)
Draft of observation of some articles in the project for an Indian treaty between Britain and Holland (File 3/23/4-5)
Draft project of a treaty of defensive alliance and mutual guarantee of territories and commerce at the Cape of Good Hope and the East Indies between Britain and the States General (File 3/23/6)
Draft considerations on the subject of a treaty between Britain and Holland relative to their interests in India (File 3/23/7)
Draft 'Observations relative to an intercourse with Holland', 4 November 1787 (File 3/23/8)
J. Shore (Fort William) to the directors of the East India Company, 6 May 1788 (File 3/28)

Referring to the defects in the judicial administration of Prince of Wales Island

John Bruce (East India Company) to H. Dundas, 6 September 1789 - 2 April 1796 (File 3/30/1-2)

History of the Company in the East Indies and other historical researchers.

F. Russell to [H. Dundas], 15 September 1788 (File 3/31)

Advice from India relative to police and the Westminster election.

Draft Bill authorising appointment of commissioners to inquire into the Company's civil and military establishments in the East Indies, n.d. (File 3/37)
Randle Jackson to H. Dundas, 14 January 1795 (File 3/45/1-2)

Deputy Governor of Fort Marlborough. Includes copy of a letter on the subject.

Reverend T. Haweis to [unknown], 21 July 1796 (File 3/66/1-2)

Sends copy of his letter to East India Company on proposals for the Missionary Society to work in the South Seas.

Captain Philip Dundas to [Lord Melville], n.d. (File 3/117)

Dockyard projects at Bombay and Prince of Wales Island.

Lord Castlereagh to Lord Wellesley and governors of Indian presidencies, 16 March 1803 - 23 June 1803 (File 3/118)

Outbreak of hostilities with French and Dutch. (Copy)

Sir George Leith to Lord Melville, 30 November 1804 (File 3/122/1-2)

Reform of administration of prince of Wales Island.

List of papers referred to in the memorial of R.T. Farquhar, former Chief Resident of the Molucca Islands and Governor of Prince of Wales Island, [1806] (File 3/124)
General John Sontag, Captain John Lawford and Colonel G.T. Walker to Lord Chatham, 27 September 1809 (File 3/162)

Recommends offer to Dutch East India Company of records found in East India house at Middleburg.

Captain Philip Dundas (Bombay) to H. Dundas, 24 October 1797 (File 3/201/12)

Abandonment of expedition against Manila.

Proposed amendments of by-laws of East India Company relating to shipping, November 1787 (File 3/202)
Quantity of pepper imported by the East India Company from Bombay and Bencoolen, 1793 - 1796 (File 3/231)
Captain Andrew Patten. Memorial seeking leave to build a ship to perform the Ocean's three remaining voyages, [1799] (File 3/248)
David Scott to [H. Dundas], 10 February 1799 - 10 March 1799 (File 3/249/1-2)

Ship Helsingore detailed at Manila; applies to build new ships.

George Rose (Treasury) to Chairman and Deputy Chairman of East India Company, 27 July 1799 (File 3/255/1-2)

Petition seeking permission to import cargo of East Indies sugar from Rendsberg.

William Ramsay (East India Company) to Robert Dunbar, 6 August 1807 (File 3/276)

Company will not permit the Sinclair to load in Bombay; ships bound for Botany Bay may not call at India.

George Johnstone (Brighton) to [unknown], 22 August 1807 (File 3/277)

Introduces William Osbourne of Hull who has contracted to carry convicts to NSW and bring home tea from China.

William Osbourne (Hull) to R. Dundas, 29 August 1807 (File 3/278)

Sends letter on his case for Lord Castlereagh.

William Osbourne to R. Dundas, 17 September 1807 (File 3/281/1-2)

Awaiting decision on his ship, Lady Madeline Sinclair.

Robert Dunbar to R. Dundas, 1 December 1807 (File 3/283/1-2)

Sinclair has been ordered to Portsmouth; inquiries if he can call at Bengal or China.

Captain Campbell Marjoribanks. Observations on manning East India Company ships, n.d. (File 3/297/1-2)
Clauses relating to East India goods to be inserted in Dutch Property Bill, n.d. (File 3/300)
Commission of the East India Company to Lord Cornwallis as Commander in Chief in the East Indies, 21 April 1786 (File 3/310)
Commission of the East India Company to General Sir Robert Abercromby, 10 October 1792 (File 3/335)

Putting him in charge of all its military forces in the East Indies except at Fort William and Calcutta.

John Cochrane to Evan Nepean, 2 November 1793 (File 3/340/1-2)

Offering to victual the armament fitting out for East Indies. Includes information on costs.

William Bennicke, December 1793 (File 3/340/3)

Memorial on the expense of victualling fleet of warships.

H. Dundas to Lord Hobart (Madras), 1794 - 1797 (File 3/355/1-6)

Operations against the Dutch and other matters. (drafts)

Sir Ewan Baillie to H. Dundas, 29 January 1795 (File 3/358)

Document on Bengal military establishment; offers to supply further information on East Indies.

Robert Montagu (Portsmouth) to [H. Dundas], 25 November 1795 (File 3/374)

Suggestions for deployment of naval forces in case Sir George Elphinstone attacks Dutch spice trade.

Captain Robert Moorson to [H. Dundas], 13 December 1795 (File 3/377/1-2)

Use of island of Diego Garcia for ships operating near Mauritius and Reunion.

Major George Braithwaite to H. Dundas, 4 April 1796 (File 3/384)

His father Colonel. Braithwaite has offered services for a possible establishment at Malacca.

George Buchan (Malacca) to [H. Dundas], 23 December 1796 (File 3/388)

Malacca and Admiral Rainier's successes.

Major George Braithwaite to H. Dundas, 9 February 1797 (File 3/392)

Seeks his father's appointment as governor of Malacca; statement of his services.

George Buchan (Fort St George) to H. Dundas, 12 August 1799 (File 3/415)

Success of war against Tippoo; recommends support for memorial of window of Major Macdonald, Superintendent of Prince of Wales Island.

Sir Samuel Auchmuty (Madras) to R. Dundas, 17 December 1810 - 12 February 1811 (File 3/472/17-18)

Report on state of Army; sends copy of Lord Minto's letter on eradication of hostile European powers in the East and the expedition against Java.

Sir Samuel Auchmuty to R. Dundas, 31 January 1811 - 1 February 1811 (File 3/472/20-22)

Correspondence with Lord Minto on Java expedition.

Sir Samuel Auchmuty to [unknown]: Java expedition, 31 January 1811 - 17 February 1811 (File 3/472/23-24)

Includes copy of letter

Sir Samuel Auchmuty to R. Dundas, 23 February 1811 - 10 March 1811 (File 3/472/25-26)

Java expedition; letter from Captain. William Drury.

Sir Samuel Auchmuty to R. Dundas, 14 April 1811 (File 3/472/27)

Preparations for Java.

Sir Samuel Auchmuty (Weltevreden) to R. Dundas, August 1811 - September 1811 (File 3/472/28-36)

Campaign in Java; encloses a letter to Lord Minto on the campaign; statistics on killed, wounded and taken prisoners; general orders of 31 August 1811; return of ordnance found at Batavia and Weltevreden; state of the enemy force on 3 August 1811.

Sir Samuel Auchmuty to R. Dundas, 30 September 1811 (File 3/472/37)

End of campaign.

R. Dundas to Lord Palmerston, 26 February 1811 (File 3/483)

Amending Mutiny Act regarding transportation from the East Indies and enlistment of recruits. (draft)

General John Abercromby (Ceylon) to Lord Minto, 6 March 1811 (File 3/484)

Regrets he was not given command in Java.

R. Dundas to General John Abercromby, 16 April 1811 (File 3/485)

State of Indian Army; expedition against Mauritius; appointment of Sir Samuel Auchmuty. (draft)

Commander W.F.W. Owen (HMS Barracouta, Malacca) to Captain H.F. Edgell (HMS Cordelia), 26 April 1811 (File 3/486)

Operations in Java.

Lord Melville to Sir George Nugent, 13 July 1811 (File 3/488/1)

Sending packet of confidential papers for Governor General on Java expedition.

Sir George Nugent (Cape of Good Hope) to Lord Melville: Java, 23 October 1811 (File 3/488/2)
George Buchan to Lord Melville, 19 February 1811 - 16 August 1811 (File 3/489/1-2)

Letter from Sir George Barlow (Madras) about misunderstandings concerning preparations for the expedition to Java.

John Sullivan to Lord North, 23 December 1793 (File 3/499/5)

Building warships in India. (extract)

John Sullivan to [H. Dundas], 22 April 1797 (File 3/499/21-22)

Sends document on the income of the Dutch from the Spice Islands.

Major Richard Scott (Portsmouth) to H. Dundas, 5 August 1796 (File 3/528)

Proposed operation against Spanish settlements in East Indies and South America in event of war with Spain.

Captain Robert Moorson to [H. Dundas], 4 April 1797 (File 3/638)

Captain. Halstead's surveys in India; appointment of A. Dalrymple as Hydrographer to the Admiralty.

Major J. Webster (Ayr) to H. Dundas, 1 July 1800 (File 3/653)

Son has arrived in India on way to Bencoolen.

Alexander Dalrymple to [Lord Melville], 4 July 1804 (File 3/662)

Information obtained from Captain Welladvice, commander of Charlton, on navigational error in a previous voyage.

Elphinstone (East India Company) to Lord Melville, 27 September 1804 (File 3/663)

Sends two books with reports for 1787 and 1797 by Captain. Kyd on Prince of Wales Island.

Archibald Colquhoun (Killermont) to R. Dundas, 3 September 1808 (File 3/671)

Sending excerpts of letters from John Erskine on Prince of Wales Island.

Series GD51/4. Patronage: civil and military appointments in the East Indies, 4 June 1788 - 13 October 1820

26 items

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Lord Onslow [London], 4 June 1788 (File 4/45)

Introduces Mr Thorpe for a position in East Indies.

Richard Wyatt (Hornchurch), 4 July 1794 - 6 August 1794 (File 4/183/1-2)

Seeks post of Governor of Fort Marlborough (Sumatra). Encloses extracts of letters to support his application.

William Mylne (Leith), 25 March 1796 (File 4/295/1-2)

Seeks civil post in East Indies. With a letter of recommendation from John Scougall.

Captain Huw Dalrymple [London], 29 March 1796 (File 4/298)

Seeks post at Fort Augustus for his cousin George Dalrymple who is going to the East Indies with the 19th foot.

Mrs Christian Dundas, 5 May 1796 (File 4/317)

Seeks appointment for Andrew Dundas at East Indies or Cape of Good Hope.

George Buchan, 10 January 1797 (File 4/373)

Seeks new appointment at Malacca for his son.

Robert Townson (Shrewsbury), 10 March 1797 (File 4/396)

Proposed tour of India; seeks a civil post in the tropics, such as newly acquired Dutch settlements.

William Gartshore, 10 August 1797 - 16 August 1797 (File 4/437/1-3)

Encloses letter from Captain James Amyatt seeking a post in East Indies for his nephew Captain James Amyatt of the 37th Regiment.

Adam Jellicoe, 18 August 1797 (File 4/438)

Seeks a situation in East Indies.

John Baird [London], 16 April 1798 (File 4/550)

Thanks for provisional appointment as master attendant at Prince of Wales Island.

Charles Steward (Edinburgh) to Miss Charlotte Dundas, 29 June 1798 (File 4/575)

Letter from John Urquhart who came back from East Indies due to ill-health and now wishes to return.

Lady Margaret Wren (London), 16 October 1800 (File 4/928)

Confirmation of appointment of her son Sir George Leith as Lieutenant Governor of Prince of Wales Island.

J.N. Oliphant (Rossie), 7 November 1804 (File 4/1141)

Seeks seat in Council at Prince of Wales Island.

Philip Dundas, 28 November 1804 (File 4/1142/1-3)

Seeks appointment for John Scott as marine storekeeper at Pulo Penang. Encloses two letterd from John Scott.

Mrs. B Drummond (Edinburgh), 28 November 1804 (File 4/1143)

Her brother Captain. John Drummond wishes to be made Fort Major and Barrack Master at Fort Cornwallis (Penang).

Samuel Kekewich (Peamore), 14 April 1807 - 21 April 1807 (File 4/1170/1-2)

His brother Thomas wishes to remain at Prince of Wales Island. Includes another letter to the Cheif Baron on the subject.

Alexander Maclean, 27 July 1807 (File 4/1212/1-2)

Seeks position in East for Peter Cameron. Includes copy of letter from Mr Cameron to Member of Parliament.

Samuel Kekewich, 13 October 1807 (File 4/1238)

Thanks for permitting brother to remain at Prince of Wales Island; he requests a writership.

Robert Hepburne (Edinburgh), 20 January 1808 (File 4/1278)

W. Logan not a suitable man to patronise for a post in East Indies.

Alexander Maclean, 31 January 1808 (File 4/1285/1-2)

Sends a letter from Duncan Cameron about a post at Prince of Wales Island for his brother Peter Cameron.

John Farquharson (Edinburgh), 6 February 1808 (File 4/1290)

Seeks appointment as Deputy Superintendent at Penang.

Samuel Kekewich, 3 March 1808 - 10 March 1808 (File 4/1297/1-2)

His brother wishes to be appointed a free merchant, preferably at Prince of Wales Island.

[Duchess of Richmond], 24 August 1809 (File 4/1410)

Steele, A Bencoolen writer, wishes to move to Prince of Wales Island, Madras or Bombay.

Reverend W. Hildyard (Hull), 22 June 1810 (File 4/1444)

Seeks chaplaincy in East Indies for Reverend Thomas Weatherhead.

John Hamilton (Sundrum), 30 July 1819 - 14 August 1819 (File 4/1568/1-2)

His son Captain. Montgomerie Hamilton of Dunira involved in a court martial of soldiers carried out on the boat.

Captain Montgomerie Hamilton (Calcutta), 13 October 1820 (File 4/1578)

Wishes for a voyage to St Helenda, Bencoolen or China.

Series GD51/6. Patronage: general, 5 June 1796 - 19 February 1849

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Colonel D. Robertson, 24 February 1801 (File 6/584)

His recommendation for post of Lieutenant. Colonel Commandant of Regiment of Malays.

Thomas Erskine (Gothenburg) to Lord Kellie, 5 November 1801 (File 6/916)

His cousin Stewart Erskine in charge of hulks in Thames for many years.

Thomas Adams (Cranbrook) to H. Dundas, 5 June 1796 (File 6/1166)

Seeks indulgence for Edwin Cary, sentenced to transportation, if he can serve in Army or Navy instead.

James Bardoe (Bristol), 21 January 1800 (File 6/1395)

Seeks employment in New South Wales.

Alexander Collie (Woolwich), 13 November 1807 (File 6/1556)

On hulk, seeks support for his family.

Alexander Reid [London], 10 November 1820 (File 6/2137/1-2)

Seeks interview, wishes for a government post in New South Wales or Van Diemen's Land. (2 letters)

Sir C. Campbell, 29 January 1821 (File 6/2147)

Thanks Lord Melville for recommendation; Mr Campbell is going to New South Wales.

Colin McLaurin (Colintown), 15 January 1829 (File 6/2186)

Seeks help for two boys sentenced to death for house-breaking; suggests sentence be commuted to transportation for life.

Thomas Jeffrey (London), 2 July 1828 (File 6/2284)

Seeks clerkship in Customs Service or in New South Wales.

James Compton (Seganhoe, NSW) to Lord Melville, 25 June 1829 (File 6/2314)

Formerly a servant of Lord Melville, seeks remission of sentence of transportation.

Lieutenant Henry Lincoln (Swansea), 19 February 1849 (File 6/2365)

Seeks position of clerk in Customs House, Adelaide

Series GD51/8. Letters on personal or family matters, 17 June 1840

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Letters to Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville, 17 June 1840 (File 8/1)
1 item
Captain Richard Dundas (HMS Melville) to his father Lord Melville, 17 June 1840 (Item)

Voyage to Canton River; war in China; difficulties with the Admiral.

Series GD51/9. Miscellaneous correspondence, 19 February 1812 - 3 November 1830

3 items

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General P.A. Agnew [London] to Lord Melville, 19 February 1812 (File 9/368)

Seeks a Javanese standard and a kris.

Baron Segnier (London) to Lord Melville, 31 August 1829 (File 9/462)

Sending an account of the voyage of La Coquille. (In french)

Captain Phillip P. King to Captain Richard Dunas, 3 November [1830] (File 9/502)

Hopes Zoological Society as well as British Museum and Edinburgh will receive items he is sending home from his collection.

Fonds GD156. Papers of the Elphinstone Family, Lords Elphinstone, 4 December 1844 - April 1925

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Australia: Exploration; Australia: visits to; Brechin Advertiser, newspaper; Burns, W.R.; Carnegie, David; Elphinstone, William Buller Fullerton, Lord Elphinstone; Gold and goldfields: Victoria; Hawaii; Indus (ship); New Zealand: visits to; Pacific: visits to; Trade: Australia

Printed papers and notebooks, 4 December 1884 - April 1925 (File Box 67)

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Journal of Lord Elphinstone kept on his travels in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, 4 December 1884 - 21 July 1885 (Item Box 67/1)

The journal describes the voyage from London to Melbourne on the Indus, including stops at Malta, Suez, Colombo and Albany, his stay at Government House, Melbourne, as a guest of Sir Henry Loch, a visit to Sir Samuel Wilson's station at Burrumbeet, the gold workings at Ballarat and Sandhurst, bushfires, his meeting and travels with the English historian J.A. Froude, impressions of Sydney, travels in New Zealand (March 1885) including Auckland and Rotorua, the Pink and White Terraces, discussions on government assisted migration and the meat export trade, meeting with Sir George Grey at Kawau Island, his voyage to Hawaii on SS Australia, travels in Hawaii (April 1885) meetings with Queen Emma and King Kalakaua, the death of Queen Emma, Hawaii's relations with Britain and the United States, and his journey back to Britain via San Francisco, Chicago, Montreal and New York.

Biographical / Historical

William Buller Fullerton Elphinstone (1828-1893), 15th Lord Elphinstone (succeeded 1861), 1st Baron Elphinstone (created 1885) served in the Royal Navy from 1841 to 1870 and was later a Lord in Waiting to Queen Victoria.

'Australian exploration: the Honourable David Carnegie, an epic of glorious daring' by W. R Burns, April 1925 (Item Box 67/2)

Reprint from the Brechin Advertiser.

Fonds GD161. Papers of the Buchanan Family of Leny, Perthshire, 1815 - 1823

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Miscellaneous papers: Memorandum (unsigned) on New Zealand, its climate and people, urging that it be made a British colony and suggesting articles to be incorporated in a treaty with the Maoris, 1815 - 1823 (File Box 19/9/4)

Fonds GD219. Papers of the Murray Family of Murraythwaite, Dumfriesshire, 1853 - 1854

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Australia: land; Farms and farming: Australia; Goldfields: Bathurst; Murray, Henry W.; Murray, John D.; Wellington, New South Wales

Letters from Henry William Murray of 'The Holmes', Wellington, New South Wales to his father John Dalrymple Murray, 1853 - 1854 (File 306)

The letters refer to the country near Wellington, sheep farming, financial transactions, the destruction of sheep by dingoes, the Bathurst goldfields, reptiles, the proposed purchsed of a station of the Murrumbidgee, and the death of Murray's brother. Two of the letters are of very poor legibility. (8 letters)

Fonds GD232. Records of Fraser, Stoddart and Ballingall, solicitors of Edinburgh, 4 January 1920 - 22 December 1923

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Records of Fraser, Stoddart and Ballingall, of Edinburgh concerning investments of Beatrice Bell of Mildura and Melbourne, 4 January 1920 - 22 December 1923 (File 18)

The papers comprise statements, receipts and correspondence concerning the payment of dividends, investments and taxation. The correspondence include Beatrice Bell, George Ballingall, David Bell (Mildrua), Maitland, Coppell and Co. (New York), the Commercial Bank of Scotland, and Charles Doyle and Co. (New York).

Biographical / Historical

Bell was the sister of George Ballingall, a partner in the firm.

Fonds GD240. Records of Bruce and Kerr, 5 August 1819

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Governor Lachlan Macquarie (Sydney) to General Balfour, 5 August 1819 (File 8/8)

Acknowledges letter; 'incessant harrowing and vexatious public duties'; resignation submitted in 1817 but no acknowledgement from Colonial Office; poor health of his wife; anxious to leave NSW; colony continues to flourish.

Fonds GD248. Papers of the Ogilvy Family, Earls of Seafield, 30 October 1760 - 27 May 1806

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Baleine, HMS (ship); Convicts; East India Company; East Indies; Grant, Charles C., Capt.; Grant, John, convict (1794); Lennox, HMS (ship); Macarthur, John, Capt.; Manila, Philippines; Seahorse, HMS (ship); Transportation: Convicts

Biographical / Historical

Charles Cathart Grant (1723-1772) was the son of Sir James Grant of Grant, 6th Baronet. He served in the Royal Navy, commanding HMS Seahorse and HMS Lenox in the East Indies in 1761-1764. His great nephew, Sir Lewis Grant, 9th Baronet, became the 5th Earl of Seafield in 1811 and took the surname Ogilvy-Grant. John James Grant (c. 1768-1812), the Sherriff Clerk Depute of Inverness Shire, was convicted of forgery at the Inverness Court of Justiciary in 1793 and sentenced to transportation for life. After he was pardoned in 1801, he remained in New South Wales until his death.

Grant of Grant Correspondence, 26 September 1762 (File 49/2)

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Agreement between Rear Admiral Samuel Cornish and Brigadier General William Draper, commanding the sea and land forces on the Manila expedition, for an equal division of prizes and booty, 26 September 1762 (Item 1)


Grant of Grant correspondence, 15 January 1765 (File 49/3)

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James Bean (Cochin China) to James Grant, 15 January 1765 (Item 7)

Disputes among the 'grandees' at Manila have made them ridiculous with the Spanish; unjust treatment of Governor Drake; attack by Malays on the Admiral Pocock at Sulu.

Miscellaneous papers, 1 June 1762 - 23 September 1763 (File 82/4)

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Admiral Samuel Cornish (Trincomalee) to Captain Charles Grant (HMS Seahorse), 1 June 1762 (Item 1)

Order placing Grant under Cornish's command.

Captain Richard King (Madras) to Captain Charles Grant (HMS Lenox, 23 September 1763 (Item 2)

Signals to be used in communicating with HMS Lenox.

Naval papers and accounts of Captain Charles Grant, 1762 - 1764 (File 165/7)

The papers relate to the warships HMS Seahorse and HMS Lenox serving in the East Indies and include orders, memoranda, depositions, invoices, receipts, abstracts of weekly accounts, signals, discharge certificates, and lists of men from other ships discharged into the Seahorse and Lenox.

Naval papers of Captain Charles Grant, 21 January 1761 - 28 October 1762 (File 165/8)

The papers include a remarks book, referring to the Sunda Straits and Batavia, registers, and a log of HMS Baleine, 14 July-16 August 1761

Grant correspondence, 23 December 1763 (File 178/2)

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James Bean (Canton) to James Grant, 23 December 1763 (Item 22)

Shameful conquest of Manila; money and booty the ambition; goods purchased in China.

Grant correspondence, 30 October 1760 - 24 December 1760 (File 183/3)

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J. Cleveland (Admiralty) to Captain Smith (HMS Seahorse), 30 October 1760 (Item 1)

Sends packet from East India Company for presidency at Fort Marlborough (Sumatra).

J. Cleveland to Captain Smith (HMS Seahorse), 7 November 1760 (Item 2)

Package for Fort Marlborough.

Order from Lords of the Admiralty to Captain James Smith (HMS Seahorse), 15 November 1760 (Item 3)

Order to receive on board Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, selected by Royal Society to observe the transit of Venus at Bencoolen.

Order to Captain James Smith (HMS Seahorse) from Lord Ansom, G. Hay and J. Forbes, 24 December 1760 (Item)

Sailing orders for the Canaries, Cape of Good Hope, Bencoolen and Batavia.

Grant correspondence, 1761 (File 184/1)

Orders issued to Captain Charles Grant (HMS Seahorse) from J. Cleveland (Admiralty), P. Stephens (Admiralty), Captain J. Campbell (Plymouth), Captain Richard Knight (Cape of Good Hope), Commodore Richard Tiddeman (Madras), Admiral Samuel Cornish (Bombay) and Captain. Bladen Tinker (Bombay).

Grant correspondence, 1762 (File 184/2)

Orders issued to Captain. Charles Grant (HMS Seahorse, HMS Lenox) from Admiral Samuel Cornish (Trincomalee, Madras, Manila, Cavita) concerning provisioning, the attack on Manila, transfer of seamen to other vessels, the loss of a storeship and other matters.

Grant correspondence, 1763 (File 184/3)

Orders issued to Captain Chales Grant (HMS Lenox) from Admiral Samuel Cornish (Cavita, Madras) and Captain. Richard King (Madras) concerning provisioning, the discharge of Spanish prisoners, transfer of seamen and marines and other matters. Also two letters from a surgeon R. Moubray at the cape of good hope relating to sickness on the Lenox and Grafton.

Grant correspondence, 20 April 1764 - 15 May 1764 (File 184/4)

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Orders issued to Captain Charles Grant (HMS Lenox) from Captain Richard King (HMS Grafton) concerning provisioning, 20 April 1764 - 15 May 1764 (Item 6,8-10)

Grant correspondence, 19 December 1794 (File 351/7)

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John Grant (Sydney) to [Lady Grant?], 19 December 1794 (Item)

Arrival in New South Wales; work on voyages as clerk to Captain. Campbell and now as clerk to John Macarthur; discovery of a plot by convicts led by William Skirving and Thomas Fyshe Palmer to seize the ship; appeals to H. Dundas and Sir James Grant for remission of sentence.

Miscellaneous correspondence, mostly to James Grant of Grant, 10 February 1764 (File 672/5)

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James Bean (Manila) to James Grant, 10 February 1764 (Item 12)

Descision to reside in India; seeks free merchant's indenture from East India Company; expedition to Manila.

Miscellaneous Grant papers, 12 March 1766 (File 680/8/3)

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Ludovick Grant (Fort Marlborough, Sumatra) to James Grant, 12 March 1766 (Item)

No opportunity for trade at Fort Marlborough; impossible to leave without permission of Court of Directors of East India Company; hopes of moving to Bengal as a free merchant.

Correspondence of Sir James Grant, 9 July 1794 (File 687/2/1)

John Grant (Rio de Janeiro) to Sir James Grant: voyage on convict ship bound for New South Wales; Rio de Janeiro scenery and architecture; his part in preventing a plot by convicts to seize the ship.

Correspondence of Sir James Grant, 18 December 1794 (File 692/1)

Arrival in New South Wales; work as a clerk for Lieutenant. John Macarthur, his role in foiling a plot to seize the convict ship.

Correspondence of Sir James Grant, 27 October 1795 (File 693/2)

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James Grant (Parramatta) to Sir James Grant: His situation as clerk to Sir James Grant; hopes of pardon, prosperity of colony.

Correspondence of Sir James Grant, 30 July 1801 (File 701/3/6)

Restored to freedom; advantages of remaining in colony; seeks post as storekeeper or provost marshal; cruel and oppressive administration of Governor King.

Correspondence of Sir James Grant, 26 January 1802 (File 701/4/1)

John Grant (Sydney) to Sir James Grant: Hopes for post of Provost Marshal at Sydney or Norfolk Island or Superintendent of Stores; has approached Governor Hunter and Captain Collins; seeks support of Grant.

Correspondence of Sir James Grant, 27 May 1806 (File 706/4/2)

Anne Grant (Datchet) to Sir James Grant: sends observations of her deceased brother on Lord Selkirk's book on emigration from the Highlands.