Fonds D14 - Edmondston of Buness Manuscripts

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Edmondston of Buness Manuscripts


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363 items

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This list partly supersedes National Register of Archives (Scotland) list no. 0440. Lt-Col. L.D. Edmondston retains some of the papers at Buness

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Legal and financial documents, relating to lands in Unst, Yell and Fetlar, 1650-1969.

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      The Edmonston family of Buness in the parish of Unst, Shetland, were descended from Andrew Edmonston (b 1559) of Hamnavoe and Hascosay, minister of Yell, who married Margaret Kintore. He was succeeded as minister by his son John Edmonston of Gravaland before 1617. In 1706 John Edmonston's eldest son and heir, Gilbert Edmonston of Gravaland, sold his land in Yell to Andrew Bruce of Urie before emigrating to Holland. Gilbert's brother Laurence Edmonston of Hascosay, remained in Shetland and married Jean, daughter of Gilbert Neven of Scousburgh, and died before 1697. The land at Hascosay then passed through the family to William Edmonston, a surgeon in Leith. The bulk of his estate was sold by his two daughters and he was succeeded by his brother, Arthur Edmonston, a merchant in Fetlar. Arthur's eldest son and heir, Laurence Edmonston (1740-1814), married Mary, daughter of Thomas Sandison of Buness on 1 February 1775. He served his apprenticeship as a surgeon under his uncle William Edmonston at Leith. Thomas Edmonston (1779-1858), son of Laurence Edmonston, succeeded to the estate of Buness. He died on 26 November 1858 and was succeeded by his daughter Ursula (1819-1898) who married her cousin Thomas Edmonston. When she died the estate passed to another of her cousins David Charles Edmonston (1837-1884). David was succeeded by his eldest son Laurence Edmonston (1868-1915) and then his son Laurence David Edmonston (b 1900). In 2002 the family was headed by David Jonathan McLeod Edmonston (b 1934). For details of the Edmondston family see F.J. Grant, Zetland Family Histories, Lerwick 1907, pp. 64-77 and J. Laughton Johnston Victorians 60 North: the story of the Edmondstons and Saxbys of Shetland.

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