Fonds D24 - Nicolson Estate Papers

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Nicolson Estate Papers


  • 1761-1861 (Creation)

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Title deeds to lands in Fetlar, Unst, Sandsting and Aithsting, Burra, Dunrossness, Tingwall, Whiteness and Weisdale, Scalloway, Gulberwick and Lerwick, 1598-1962; Legal and related papers, 1706-1951; Miscellaneous papers including correspondence, financial records, printed material, diaries, and records relating to Acts of Parliament, valuations, road construction, herring stations, Commissioners of Supply, Lord Lieutenancy, and First and Second World Wars, 1716-1978; Business and trust accounts and executry papers, 1879-1957; Correspondence, 1733-1961; Plans, 1873-1890; Genealogical papers, 1775-1963. Includes six boxes of uncatalogued invoices, receipts and finance related correspondence (transferred from Museum July 2008).

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      The Nicolson family of Lochend, Shetland, were descended from James Nicolson of Bullister who was educated at St Andrews University and became schoolmaster of Dysart in 1660. He married Anne, daughter of Arthur Grassmuller of Altnabreck, and died before 1675. His son Arthur Nicolson (d 1736), of Bullister and Lochend, was a merchant in Lerwick. He acquired property including Papa Stour (in 1716) and married, first, Janet, daughter of William Dick of Wormadail, and, second, Margaret, daughter of William Henderson of Gardie. The succession passed to his eldest son William Nicolson (d 1758) of Lochend, and grandson Arthur Nicolson (d 1765). Arthur Nicolson was succeeded by his cousin Arthur Nicolson (d 1793), of Lochend, eldest son and heir of John Nicolson of Gilsbreck (d 1728) and Grizel, daughter of John Mitchell of Westshore. He was followed by his eldest son Arthur Nicolson (d 1819). The latter's second son, Arthur Nicolson (d 1863), inherited the Lochend property and, succeeding a remote cousin, became Baronet of Lasswade. He married Eliza Jane (d 1891), daughter of the Rev. William Jack, on 27 April 1821. His son Arthur died before him. Sir Arthur Bolt Nicolson (1811-1879), 9th Baronet of Lasswade, eldest son and heir of James Nicolson of Aith (1770-1825), himself the third son of Arthur Nicolson of Lochend (d 1793), succeeded his cousin Arthur Nicolson. He lived in Australia serving with the 4th King's Own Royal Regiment until 1831 when he returned to England. He married Margaret (d 1869), daughter of Reverend George Bisset, minister of Udny, in 1839. Sir Arthur Thomas Bennet Robert Nicolson (1842-1917), 10th Baronet of Lasswade, of Lochend, eldest son and heir to Sir Arthur Bolt Nicolson, married Annie, daughter of John Rutherford of Bruntsfield in 1881. He was a Justice of the Peace for Victoria, Australia and also for the County of Zetland. The title of Lasswade continued on this side of the family into the 20th century when it passed to the Barons Carnock.

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