Collection MS 19 - George Duncan Paterson FSA (Scotland)

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MS 19


George Duncan Paterson FSA (Scotland)


  • 1890 - c 1940 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.60 linear metres

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Name of creator

Biographical history

George Duncan Paterson was a partner in the printing and stationers firm of Murdoch and Paterson of 275 Blackness Road and Commercial Street, Dundee. In his spare time he was an amateur historian and genealogist and had a world reputation as an expert in the history of family names. Educated in Dundee at the High School, he was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1922, but does not seem to have published any of his work in their official proceedings. His hobbies included breeding of West Highland Terriers and singing with the Dundee Choral Union. While returning from a choir practice in January 1943 he collapsed and died on a tramcar in the city centre.

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Scope and content

Alphabetical file containing material on Scottish family and place names; albums containing press cuttings mainly concerning Scottish family names and history; notebooks, and material in an envelope, concerning Scottish personal and place names.


Not expected

System of arrangement

Usually chronological within series. Some material is awaiting arrangement.

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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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Related units of description

MS 18 Andrew Gilchrist, Burnbank, Lanarkshire: Notebooks

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Part of this collection appears to have been separated and removed to form MS 18

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Description identifier

MS 19

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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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