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8 August 06
The Threiplandís of Fingask owned estates in the Carse of Gowrie and Caithness, and the newly-catalogued collection of papers reflects the social, cultural and business lives of the family, their associates, tenants and local people over 400 years. Comprising maps and plans, bundles of charters, sasines, titles and other legal documents, volumes of accounts and wages books, bundles of invoices, receipts and letters, as well as drawings, sketches and scraps of notes, the collection offers a rich vein for all kinds of researchers, be they pupils, students, genealogists, local historians or academics. Used together, the different kinds of documents build pictures - about the activities of members of the Threipland family, or about the wages and living conditions of the household servants, about the terms and conditions of the tenant farmers or about changing agricultural practices.
The collection and the catalogue can be consulted at Perth & Kinross Council Archive, based in the AK Bell Library, Perth. The catalogue will also be available from September at North Highland Archive, based at Wick Library.
September also sees a touring display, about the Threipland collection and how it can be used, visiting venues in Caithness. The display will be at the Ross Institute, Halkirk, for the week beginning 4 September, then will visit Thurso Library between 11-16 September and Wick Library between 18 - 23 September. An information pack about the collection will be available at the venues or from North Highland Archive. The first stage of a searchable genealogical database, based on the people mentioned in the collection will also be available from the autumn at www.pkc.gov.uk/archives
Display At Other Centres
The Threiplands At Dale