Collection MS 160 - Scrapbooks of newspaper cuttings

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Reference code

MS 160


Scrapbooks of newspaper cuttings


  • 1897-1917 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.17 linear metres

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Name of creator

Biographical history

William Neish of Tannadyce [later Tannadice] and Clepington was born in Dundee in around 1815 and became a well-known barrister in the city. Neish married Margaret Ann Watson and the couple seem to have had nine children. These included George Watson Neish (1849-1931), who founded the firm of Neish, Howell and Haldane in London and Sir Charles Henry Lawrence Neish KBE CB (1857-1934) who was Registrar of the Privy Council from 1909 until 1934 and Edward William Neish (c 1865-1938) a Sherriff Substitute from 1905 to 1932. Two sons had notable careers in the army. Major Colin Graham Neish OBE (1860-1931) and Lt. Col Francis Hugh Neish (1863-1946). The latter served in Sudan, the Second Boer War and at Mons at the start of the Great War. George Watson Neish married a daughter of James Pattullo of Broughty Ferry. The couple had four children including Janie Neish, who seems to have compiled MS 160/1-3, and Major William Neish (c 1882-1931), who served with F. H. Neish in South Africia and in the Great War. Both were captured as prisoners of war at the Battle of Mons while serving with the Gordon Highlanders. George Watson Neish served as Convener of City of Dundee and Forfarshire Prisoner of War Help Committee throughout the Great War. The Neish family's name is commemorated in the Jock Neish Scout Centre cited on the family's land at Tannadice. This is named for Colin Francis Ian 'Jock' Neish (1897-1977), a former officer in the Black Watch and the son of Major Colin Neish, who devoted much of his life to the Scouting movement. A less obvious legacy of the family is the name of Dundee United's stadium Tannadice Park. Built on what was the Clepington part of the Neishes' lands, it owes its name to the Neish estate at Tannadice. The nearby Neish Street is also named for the family.

Archival history

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Scope and content

Scrapbook relating mainly to the Boer War, c 1902; Scrapbook relating to local Dundee matters and the Gordon Highlanders, 1902-1912; Scrapbook relating to the first world war, 1914-1917; Biographical and genealogical notes relating to the Neish Family compiled by Dr. Kenneth Baxter (not part of original accession), 2012.


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System of arrangement

Records are arranged chronologically within series.

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Conditions governing access

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

Conditions governing reproduction

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

The records are on paper

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Descriptive list available at Dundee University Archives. Subject source lists and databases are also available.

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Notes area


Janie Neish was originally incorrectly identified as 'Jamie' in earlier catalogue listings

Alternative identifier(s)


MS 15/87-88

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Description identifier

MS 160

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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