Fonds Details

Call Number: MS Gen 1300
Title: Papers of the Ker family
Associated Websites: MS Gen 1300: Book of the Month
Date of Creation: Between 1862 and 1970
Level of Description: Fonds
Extent: 18 boxes, 1 outsize file, 1 volume, 1.5 metre(s)
Name of Creator:
Ker family fl 1835-1970
William Ker (1765-1846) and his descendants, including his son William Paton Ker (1855-1923).
Content: Papers of various members of the Ker family, the majority of which comprise letters from or to the literary scholar, William Paton Ker. The papers provide an interesting view of a family, their social circle and contemporary events in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Arrangement: The material was partially sorted and listed by Nancy Halliday in 1970 (see MS Gen 1300/7/2), before it was deposited. It has now been arranged in the following sub-fonds:
MS Gen 1300/1 Papers of William Ker
MS Gen 1300/2 Papers of Caroline Ker
MS Gen 1300/3 Papers of William Paton Ker
MS Gen 1300/4 Papers of Penelope M Ker
MS Gen 1300/5 Papers of Caroline A Ker
MS Gen 1300/6 Papers of Robert Ker
MS Gen 1300/7 Papers of Charles Paton Ker
MS Gen 1300/8 Miscellaneous Ker family papers
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
Source of Acquisition: Presented by C P Ker during the session 1970-71 although the precise date is not known. (Recorded as a gift in Library Committee report 1970-71.)
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Notes: Related material in Special Collections: there are letters from and to members of the Ker family in other collections including MS Gen 532 and MS MacColl. Related material in other repositories: London University, Oxford University, Leeds University, the British Library and the National Library of Scotland all hold material relating to William Paton Ker. (See the National Register of Archives available at
Cataloguing Rules: ISAD(G)
Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this fonds:

donor: Charles Paton Ker fl 1949-1970
Nephew of William Paton Ker. Son of Charles Ker (1860-1940). Like his father, he was a chartered accountant with McClelland Ker & Co in Glasgow.
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