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Historic Earls and Earldoms of Scotland
Preface


THE substance of this volume originally appeared in the columns of the "Aberdeen Weekly Journal," but it has been carefully revised and important additions made. From the variety of matter, and number of personages treated in the work, it may be interesting to a wide circle of readers.

I have not deemed it necessary to burden the pages of this volume with a multiplicity of references and foot-notes, as the original sources of information are often indicated in the text itself.

It may be well, however, to state that I have long been familiar with the national records of Scotland, such as the "Scots Acts of Parliament," "Exchequer Rolls," "Register of the Great Seal," "Register of the Privy Council," "National Manuscripts," "Burgh Records," and many other registers and important historic records too tedious to mention.

Touching the sources of information more specially relating to this volume, I have consulted the family histories, charters, and papers, connected with the families treated. Amongst others, the volumes of the Old and New Spalding Clubs have been used, especially the "The Antiquities of the Shires of Aberdeen and Banff," edited by the late John Stuart, LL. D. ; and also the volumes of the "Miscellany" of the Old Club; "The Records of Aboyne," edited by the Marquis of Huntly, and issued in 1894, which are of high historic value; "Historical Papers Relating to the Jacobite Period, 1699-1750," which has been admirably edited by Colonel James Allardyce, LL. D., and issued in 1895-96, these are of great historic value and interest; the two volumes containing the writings of the distinguished Latin scholar, Dr. Arthur Johnston, present a number of interesting historic references to personages who lived in the first half of the seventeenth century; these volumes have been carefully edited by Sir William D. Geddes, LL.D., and issued in 1892-95.

The Right Hon. John Francis Erskine, Earl of Mar, communicated interesting information touching the Earldom of Mar in recent times, which I gratefully acknowledge.

ABERDEEN, April, 1898.    J. M.


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