Accession Details

Accession Number: 4287.0
Date of Receipt:
Source of Acquisition: Presented by Sir Patrick Muirhead Thomas. Date unknown but prior to 1990.
Title: Papers relating to the families of Muirhead and Watt
Date of Creation: Between 1574 and 1838
Extent on Arrival: 1413 items
Content: Papers of the Muirhead family, including 16th century legal documents regarding land but predominantly 19th century correspondence between J P Muirhead and James Watt jnr, and associated material regarding Muirhead's biography of Watt's father.
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Access: Restricted - see notes for details.
Language: Not Assigned
Call Number: MS Gen 1354
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Notes: See collection record regarding use of microfilm
Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this Accession:

creator: Muirhead family fl 1570-1700
Originally of Lauchop, Lanarkshire.
creator: James Watt 1769-1848
Engineer. Son of James Watt (1736-1819). Partner in Boulton & Watt, engineers, Birmingham; fitted the Caledonia with engines and steamed to Holland and up the Rhine, …
creator: James Patrick Muirhead 1813-1898
Advocate. Biographer of the engineer James Watt (1736-1819).
donor: Sir Patrick Muirhead Thomas 1914-1990
Great-grandson of James Patrick Muirhead (1813-1898), biographer of the engineer James Watt (1736-1819).
subject: James Watt 1736-1819
Inventor and engineer. Educated in Greenock and trained in Glasgow and London. In 1756 he returned to Glasgow and set up a workshop as mathematical instrument maker to the university, until 1764. …
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