Celebrate Scottish Archives Day!

Library archives

To celebrate Scottish Archives Day on Friday 28 February, we’d like to share information about the two most popular archival collections we hold: the papers of the Wauchope family of Edmonstone and the Black Collection.

The Wauchope family

Edmonstone is south east of Edinburgh. The estate belonged to the Edmonstone family from 1248 until the early 17th century. It passed to John Wauchope (1633-1709) in 1671, through marriage. In 1672 he became Lord of Session and assumed the title Lord Edmonstone. There had been coal on the estate. Wauchope papers are a large collection of legal and financial papers, which shows the development of a family dynasty in the parish of Newton and their wider influence and contact with the Lothians and the UK economies.

The Black Collection

The Black Collection is a remarkable record about the town of Penicuik and surrounding area from c.1880 to c.1930. The collection is named after James Black and his son Robert, who assembled a huge amount of material. The collection includes research and lecture notes, cuttings, notebooks, postcards, photographs. The bulk of the collection is a series of 151 scrapbooks. Each of these scrapbooks covers a particular subject such as local industries, clubs and societies, and biographies of Penicuik people.

Find out more

You can find more information on the collections in Midlothian Archives in our “Guide to Midlothian Archives”.

The image shows papers from the Black Collection archive.



28 Feb 2020