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Collection GD403 - Mackenzie papers (Skye & Uist)

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GB 234 GD403


Mackenzie papers (Skye & Uist)


  • 1640-1947 (Creation)

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Mackenzie family, Ballone (1640-1947)

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Tolmie family, Uignish, Skye (1640-1947)

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The family papers relate principally to the Tolmies, tacksmen from 1773 of Uiginish in Skye, and their descendents. H.H. Mackenzie's grandmother Annabella Tolmie, youngest daughter of John Tolmie 1st tacksman, married Hector Mackenzie son of John Mackenzie of Ballone in 1826. Their son John Tolmie Mackenzie and his son John were successively factors to the Macleods of Macleod, and John Tolmie Mackenzie also had extensive local business interests of his own. Other Tolmie marriages brought connections with tacksmen families in North Uist - the Macdonalds of Scolpaig and William MacNeil of Newton - who were also local entrepreneurs. John Macdonald of Scolpaig, son of Barbara Tolmie, was also predecessor of H H Mackenzie as factor of North Uist (1855-1888). The surviving papers reflect the business and public interests of this network of tacksmen families, as well as their personal affairs, and complement the papers of major land-owning families such as the Macleods of Macleod and Macdonalds of Sleat, for the history of the area in the nineteenth century.

Papers relating to North Uist.
GD403/1-5: Rentals, valuations, tacks and related papers
GD403/6-15: Factor's accounts and correspondence
GD403/15A-18: Papers relating to roads, piers and shipping
GD403/19-20: Reports on social conditions and public health
GD403/21-26: Miscellaneous administrative and antiquarian papers

Personal and private business papers of Capt. William MacNeil and John Macdonald of Scolpaig. (William MacNeil and his brother-in-law, John Macdonald, factor for North Uist, were successfully
tacksmen of Newton, North Uist and partners in various local commercial ventures.)

GD403/27-29: Papers of William MacNeil

GD403/30-33: Papers relating to business interests of Capt. William MacNeil and John Macdonald in North Uist.
GD403/34-39: Papers of John Macdonald of Scolpaig
GD403/40-49: Papers relating to Skye
GD403/50-53: Papers relating to St Kilda
GD403/54-62: Legal and financial papers of Mackenzies of Ballone, Mackenzies of Gruinard, Mackenzies of Balmaduthie, Tolmies of Uiginish and others.
GD403/63-76: Correspondence and personal papers of Tolmies of Uiginish and their family connections
GD403/77-79: Miscellaneous antiquarian papers
GD403/80-101: Genealogical and other papers of H H Mackenzie and members of his family.
GD403/102-103: Printed papers of H H Mackenzie with related correspondence
Additional papers deposited in 1986
GD403/104-111: Papers relating to North Uist and Skye
Additional papers deposited in 1988
GD403/112-115: McLeod estate papers
GD403/116-123: Duirinish School Board papers
GD403/124-128: Miscellaneous papers relating to Skye

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  • English

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Full catalogue available through National Records of Scotland online catalogue at collection reference GD403

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