Collection MS 180 - Alexander Thoms papers

Identity area

Reference code

MS 180

Title

Alexander Thoms papers

Date(s)

  • Late 19th century-1926 (Creation)

Level of description

Collection

Extent and medium

0.10 linear metres

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Alexander Thoms, of the Thoms of Clepington family, was the son-in-law of Matthew Forster Heddle (1862-1884), Professor of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews. As a young man Thoms went to Bengal, India, where he remained engaged in estate and plantation business for about thirty years. In 1884 he moved to St Andrews and remained there until his death. He was active in local affairs and a keen supporter of St Andrews Cottage Hospital. In 1884 he was ordained an elder in St Leonard's kirk and was kirk treasurer from 1889-1921. An amateur mineralogist, Thoms presented a valuable collection of stones and minerals to University College, Dundee. He died in 1925 aged 89.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Photographs of geological formations, bird colonies and Polynesia, with letter from M Forster Heddle and obituary of Thoms.

Accruals

Not expected

System of arrangement

By fond, series and item level.

Conditions of access and use area

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 and include photographs.

Finding aids

Descriptive list. Subject source lists and databases are also available.

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Alternative identifier(s)

Previous

MS 15/109

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Description control area

Description identifier

MS 180

Rules and/or conventions used

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

Status

Catalogued

Dates of creation revision deletion

Language(s)

  • English

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