Sub-fonds MS 6/9 - Cardean Estate papers

Architect's book of plans for Cardean House

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MS 6/9


Cardean Estate papers


  • 1823-1966 (Creation)

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1 box

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Biographical history

The estate of Cardean was formerly called Cardean and Baikie. In 1785 Cardean, which was in the possession of the Earl of Strathmore, was purchased by Patrick Murray, from Berwickshire. Patrick Murray died in 1842 and his daughters succeeded to the estate. In 1878 Cardean was sold to James Cox, jute manufacturer, Dundee and 20 years later the family purchased the estate of Drumkilbo form Lord Wharncliffe In 1882 the family removed to Lochee to Lyndhurst, which Edward Cox had built alongside Clement Park, the home of his parents. They continued to live there until 1890, when they made their home at Cardean. Following the death of Edward Cox, both estates passed to his trustees. On the death of his widow, Cardean Estate fell to Dr J Ernest Cox, of Methven Castle, and subsequently to his trustees; while Drumkilbo Estate, on the death of Mrs Edward Cox, became the property of Mr John EC Cox. In 1951 the adjoining estates of Cardean and Drumkilbo, near Meigle, were sold. Lord Elphinstone, brother-in-law of the Queen, purchased the mansion-houses of Cardean and Drumkilbo, the policies, three farms on Cardean and two on Drumkilbo on behalf of himself and his son, the Master of Elphinstone. The area of Cardean Estate covered approximately 1179 acres and included Braidestone Mill, Blackhill and Baitland. Drumkilbo included the farms of Arnbog and Langlogie.

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Legal records 1887-1951; Financial records 1879-1904; Correspondence 1880-1901; Reports and lists 1878-1966; Catalogues 1951; Press cuttings [late 19th - early 20th century]; Plans 1823-1868.


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Usually chronological within series.

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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.

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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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The records are on paper, with plans.

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MS 6/9

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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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