Collection MS 330 - Sharp Family Collection

Hugh F. B. Sharp, Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, 1st World War. Hugh F. B. Sharp at Hill of Tarvit.

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MS 330


Sharp Family Collection


  • c 1870s - c 1930s (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1 digital folder

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Biographical history

The Sharps were a prominent family who made their fortune as jute merchants in Dundee. The family's firm, John Sharp & Sons, enjoyed considerable success in the 1800s under the management of John Sharp and later his son, also John Sharp. The firm continued to blossom and soon John Sharp Jnr. enrolled his four sons into the company as business partners. Two of his sons, John and Frederick, married into the White family line, marrying Eleanor and Beatrice White respectively. The Sharps lived in various properties in Fern Hill, West Ferry, the Balmuir estate and the Hill of Tarvit. For further biographical details about the family see, Lesley Lindsay's research notes, available in UR-SF 36.

Archival history

Photographs held by Henrietta Cockrell and family.

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Scope and content

The photographs in this collection are copies of originals drawn from the personal collections of various family members including Henrietta Cockrell and Simon Graham Seton Wenley (SGSW).


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Usually chronological 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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Electronic files (JPEG), paper, seals and artefacts.

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Existence and location of originals

Originals held by Henrietta Cockrell and family.

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For further information about the Sharp family see Lesley Lindsay's research notes, URSF 36.

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Family history provided by Henrietta Cockrell: John Sharp, elder brother of Frederick B Sharp of Hill of Tarvit was Henrietta's great-grandfather. Simon is a great great grandson of James F White, through JFW's 4th child, Elizabeth (Lily) Wilson White, who married George Seton Veitch Wenley, son of James Adams Wenley, treasurer of the Bank of Scotland. George and Lily emigrated to Napier, New Zealand and most of the family is still there. Their second child, Alison, however, married her first cousin, Harold (a son of John Sharp) and lived in Scotland - at Balruddery - and were Henrietta's grandparents. Another son of James Adams Wenley was Robert Mark Wenley (1861-1929) who was a well-known philosopher and professor at the University of Michigan.

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MS 330

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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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