Collection MS 344 - The Scrimgeour Clan Association Archive (Scrymgeour)

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MS 344


The Scrimgeour Clan Association Archive (Scrymgeour)


  • 1863 - 2019 (Creation)

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2 boxes

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Biographical history

The Scrimgeour Clan association was formed in 1971 with the intention, as identified in the Clan constitution, as amongst other things, of 'the cultivation and preservation of records and traditions bearing on the history of the Clan' and the protection of the lands and property associated with the Clan particularly to secure the suitable use of Dudhope Castle as a permanent token of the Clan's centuries of common history with the city of Dundee.' The Clan itself has a long history going back to 1107, when Sir Alexander Carron was first granted the name of 'Skirmisher' (meaning 'hardy fighter', although it has been suggested that it could be from 'escimeur' French for 'swordsman') along with the hereditary title of Royal Standard (or Banner) Bearer. Under William Wallace's guardianship of the realm this was added to with the gift of lands in Angus and the bestowing of the Constableship of the castle of Dundee. During the Seventeenth Century the then Clan Chief was made Viscount of Dudhope, and after the Restoration the Earldom of Dundee was granted to the then Viscount, only for the line to appear to run out upon his death. This was later to be proved incorrect when Henry James Scrymgeour-Wedderburn petitioned Parliament in the 1970s for the restoration of the title and successfully brought the Earldom back into Scrimgeour hands. Unfortunately he was not successful in winning back the lands associated with the title, but the Clan Association are strongly committed to maintaining links with their former properties, with a major aim being the restoration of Dudhope Castle (built by the Scrymgeour family in the 13th Century) and the establishment of a dedicated Scrymgeour room within the Castle for the use of the Clan Association. The castle has changed hands many times, being initially the seat of the Scrymgeours, it was passed to the Maitlands, prior to being sold to John Graham of Claverhouse ('Bonnie Dundee') and then passed to the Douglas family. From then on the castle had a number of uses, being acquired by the local council in 1854, from recreational to being used as an army barracks, before eventually being acquired by the University of Abertay, who previously held this material on behalf of the Clan Association, This material had been collected by various Clan members and then kept in a special cupboard in Dudhope Castle. Abertay University was moving out of the castle and the Association had to remove the cupboard. See also

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Scope and content

Files relating to the history of the association and its activities including minutes and correspondence, photographs and cuttings, membership list and visitors book, cassette tape of clan meeting, newsletters and Skirmisher bulletin, publications by and about Scrimgeours etc. Also includes material collected by Depositor relating to her father's attempts to restore Dudhope Castle.


Not expected

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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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Made up of paper and photographic material. Also electronic material

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Descriptive list. Subject source lists and databases are also available

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MS 344

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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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