Scope and Content
Title: John Walkinshaw Craufurd Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1746-1831
Collection number: MS.1994.003
Creator: Craufurd, John
Walkinshaw 1720 or 1-1793
(5 linear inches)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: This collection contains letters, memoranda,
bills and notes retained by John Walkinshaw Craufurd, a Scottish
landowner and army officer, between 1746 and his death in 1793. Also
included are letters regarding the disposition of Craufurdland Estate
after his death.
Physical location: Clark Library
Language of Material: Collection materials in English
Collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial
Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from
manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Clark Librarian.
Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews
Clark Memorial Library, UCLA as the owner of the physical items and is
not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder,
which must also be obtained.
[Identification of item], John Walkinshaw Craufurd Papers,
MS.1994.003, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of
California, Los Angeles.
This collection was purchased by the Clark in 1994 (accession number
Processed by Katie Duvall, November 2010
John Walkinshaw Craufurd of Craufurdland was born in 1720/21 at
Craufurdland Castle, near Kilmarnock, Scotland. He entered the army at
an early age and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel over the course
of his career, distinguishing himself at the battles of Dettingen in
1743 and Fontenoy in 1745. In 1761 he was appointed falconer to the King
and in 1762 he received the freedom of the city of Perth. He
occasionally appears in Boswell's Journals, often as a dinner companion.
Craufurd died, unmarried, on February 19, 1793 in Edinburgh, leaving
Craufurdland Estate to his friend Thomas Coutts, an eminent banker. The
will was contested by his aunt, Elizabeth Craufurd, and her daughter,
also Elizabeth. The elder Elizabeth died in 1802, but the legal battle
waged on until 1806 when the matter was decided in favor of her
daughter, Elizabeth Houison Craufurd of Craufurdland and Braehead. The
younger Elizabeth was married to Reverend James Moody, who assumed the
name James Houison Moody Craufurd. He appears in this collection as the
primary correspondent regarding this matter.
Scope and Content
This collection contains letters, memoranda, bills and notes retained
by John Craufurd, a Scottish landowner and army officer, between 1746
and his death in 1793. The letters refer to local politics, elections,
his finances, and the management of his estate.
Also included in this collection are posthumous letters regarding the
Craufurdland Cause, the legal process that reversed Craufurd's
settlement of his estate upon his friend Thomas Coutts.
The collection is organized into the following series:
- Series 1. Craufurd Correspondence, 1746-1793. 16 folders, 118
- Series 2. Posthumous Correspondence Regarding Craufurdland Estate,
1793-1831. 8 folders, 39 items
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
John, 1743-ca. 1798
John Walkinshaw, 1720 or 1-1793
Patrick McDouall, Earl of Dumfries, 1726-1803
David, Earl of Cassillis, 1727-1792
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