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Spottiswoode & Robertson collection

Call Number: MS 186


This collection consists of a partial archives of the London firm of Spottiswoode & Robertson: solicitors, conveyancers, Scottish law agents, and Parliamentary agents.


  • Creation: 1726-1862 (bulk 1812-1832)


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.


.5 linear foot (1 document case, 112 items)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The collection consists mainly of correspondence (96 letters) but also includes other material (16 receipts, warrants, etc.). As this correspondence indicates, Spottiswoode & Robertson acted primarily for Scottish nobility and gentry from 1790-1850. Most of the letters are addressed to the firm, James Spottiswoode, or David Robertson, while a smaller number is addressed to other persons. Docketing on most of the items establishes them as business files and helps to identify writers and dates. Although the date range is 1726-1862, the bulk of the documents is 1812-1832. Some material may be unrelated, in particular a small number of military documents and correspondence dating from 1726-1828.

Physical Location

MS 186

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, John Grant, Bookseller, November 9, 1978.

Guide to the Spottiswoode & Robertson Collection
Spottiswoode & Robertson collection
Finding aid prepared by ksc, 2007. Finding aid encoded by mab, 2007.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Preferred citation
Spottiswoode & Robertson collection, Department of Special Collections, MS 186, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States