A Guide to the Alexander Spotswood Papers, 1646-1830 Spotswood, Alexander, Papers, 1646-1830 MS 48.2

A Guide to the Alexander Spotswood Papers, 1646-1830

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Repository
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Manuscript number
MS 48.2
Title
Alexander Spotswood Papers, 1696-1745, 1646-1830.
Extent
45 items.
Creator
Alexander Spotswood, 1676-1740.
Language
English

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Alexander Spotswood Papers, Manuscript MS 48.2, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1948.

Alternative Form

Also available on microfilm M-1555 and in transcription TR/79.


Biographical/Historical Information

Alexander Spotswood (1676-1740) was a lieutenant in the British Army, and later lieutenant governor of Virginia, 1710-1722.

Scope and Content Information

Personal correspondence of Alexander Spotswood. The bulk of the correspondence is between Spotswood and his cousin, John Spotswood (1666-1728) of Edinburgh, concerning the Spotswood family, the lieutenant governor's character, his career in the British army and ambitions before becoming lieutenant governor, and political and social conditions in Virginia. These letters are practically the only source of information on Spotswood's early life.

Included in the correspondence is a copy of a letter, 1646, from Sir Robert Spotswood (1596-1646) to his children stating their names and dates of birth; also, a letter, January 4, 1646, from Sir Robert Spotswood to the Laird of Bogir and Mr. Robert Berrsay; a letter, 1744, from the Rev. Robert Rose, a close friend of the governor's and later one of his executors, to Andrew Anderson containing a biographical sketch of Spotswood; a rough draft of a letter, 1746, from John Spotswood, Jr., to Rose, with a genealogy of the Spotswood family; and a British army commission to Maj. George Spotswood, 1830.

Arrangement

Chronologically arranged.

Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Blair, Archibald, 1685-1734.
  • Browne, John, d. 1726.
  • Campbell, Archibald, ca. 1730-ca. 1802.
  • Cocke, William, 1672-1720.
  • Gooch, William, Sir, 1681-1751.
  • Kerr, Alexander, d. 1737.
  • Robertson, William, d. 1739.
  • Rose, Robert, 1704-1751.
  • Spotiswood, John, 1667-1728.
  • Spotswood, Alexander, 1676-1740.
  • Spotswood, George.
  • Spotswood, John, b. 1711.
  • Spotswood, Robert, Sir, 1596- 1646.
  • Thompson, Andrew, 1674-1719.
  • Wythe, George, 1726- 1806.
  • Genre and Form Terms:

  • Military commissions--Great Britain--1830.

Additional Descriptive Data

Bibliography

Cappon, Lester, J., ed."Correspondence of Alexander Spotswood with John Spotswood of Edinburgh."Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, LX. 1952: 211-240.

Bibliography

Cappon, Lester, J., ed."Correspondence of Alexander Spotswood with John Spotswood of Edinburgh."Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, LX. 1952: 211-240.

Contents List

Folder 1
Robert Spotswood, St. Andrews, to the Laird Bogir & Mr. Robert Berrlay, 4 January 1646.
Folder 1
Alexander Spotswood, Sudbury, to John Spotswood, 20 April 1696.
Folder 1
Alexander Spotswood, Sudbury, to John Spotswood, 17 May 1696.
Folder 1
Alexander Spotswood, Sudbury, to John Spotswood, 24 August 1696.
Folder 1
Alexander Spotswood, Sudbury, to John Spotswood, 2 November 1696.
Folder 1
John Spotswood to "the Generall" [Alexander Spotswood]. Copied by John Spotswood II, 1696.
Folder 1
Katherine Mercer, Westmunster, to John Spotswood, Eddenbrough, 25 May 1698.
Folder 1
A[lexander] Spotswood, Colchester, to John Spotswood, Edinburrough, 4 July 1698.
Folder 1
A[lexander], London, Spotswood to John Spotswood, Edinburg, 15 March 1703/4.
Folder 2
John Spotswood to Mrs. Mercer, 30 January 1705.
Folder 2
John Spotswood to [Alexander Spotswood], 30 January 1705.
Folder 2
London, Alexander Spotswood to [John Spotswood], 17 April 1705.
Folder 2
A[lex] Spotswood, London, to John Spotswood, Edinburg, 25 February 1705/6.
Folder 2
A[lex] Spotswood, London, to John Spotswood, Edinburrough, 14 March 1705/6.
Folder 2
[John Spotswood to Alexander Spotswood.] Copy, 12 January 1706.
Folder 2
[John Spotswood to Alexander Spotswood], 26 February 1709.
Folder 2
William Elliot, London, to John Spotswood, Edinburgh, 10 December 1709.
Folder 2
Alexander Spotswood, London, to John Spotswood, 24 December 1709.
Folder 2
Alexander Spotswood, London, to John Spotswood, 14 March 1709/10.
Folder 3
Alexander Spotswood, Williamsburg, to John Spotswood, Edinburgh, 17 August 1710.
Folder 3
Alexander Spotswood, Virginia, to John Spotswood, Edinburgh, 20 March 1710/11.
Folder 3
John Spotswood to Alexander Spotswood, November 1711.
Folder 3
John Spotswood to Mr. Robertson, Secretary to Colonel Spotswood, 1717.
Folder 3
Alexander Spotswood, Virginia, to John Spotswood, Edinburgh, 1 August 1712.
Folder 3
[John] Spotiswoode, Edinburgh, to [Alexander Spotswood], 4 October 1712.
Folder 3
Alexander Spotswood, Virginia, to J. Spotiswood, Edinburgh, 20 July 1714.
Folder 3
[John Spotswood] to Alexander Spotswood, May 1717.
Folder 3
[John Spotswood] to Alexander Spotswood [1717?]
Folder 3
Alexander Spotswood, Virginia, to John Spotswood, Edinburgh, 3 September 1718.
Folder 3
William Robertson, Virginia, to [John Spotswood], 6 August 1720.
Folder 3
[John Spotswood to Alexander Spotswood], [29 November 1722]
Folder 4
Alexander Spotswood, Virginia, to John Spotswood, Edinburgh, 12 July 1723.
Folder 4
Alexander Spotswood, Virginia, to John Spotswood, Edinburgh, 21 December 1724.
Folder 4
[John Spotswood], Ed[i]nb[u]rgh, to Alexander Spotswood], 1740.
Folder 4
[Reverend] Robert Rose to Andrew Anderson, 25 July 1743.
Folder 4
[Reverend] Robert Rose to Andrew Anderson, 25 July 1743.
Folder 4
John Anderson, Edin[bu]r[gh], to John Spotswood, Spotswood, 29 September 1743.
Folder 4
[John Spotswood], Edinb[u]r[gh], to Robert Rose, Virginia, [copy], 20 March 1743/4.
Folder 4
Robert Rose, Rappa[hannoch] River, Virginia, to John Spotiswood, Edinburgh, 20 May 1744.
Folder 4
Spotiswoode, [John Spotswood] to the Reverend Robert Rose, Virginia, [copy], 12 February 1744/5.
Folder 4
Enclosure. Sir Robert Spotiswoode to his children. With a list of their births, [copy], 1646.
Folder 5
Robert Rose, Essex County, Rappahanock River, to [John Spotswood, Edinburgh], 2 December 1745.
Folder 5
"The within Inscription written by George Fraser in the Excise Office upon Spottiswoode Practiques w[hi]ch I sent to Virginia by Jos. Nasmith. See my letters relative unto addressed to the Reverend Mr. Robert Rose Minister of the Gospel in Virginia dated _____1745." Inscription in Latin. Translation available, 1745.
Folder 5
[John Spotswood], Newabbey, to [Robert Rose], 29 September 1747.
Folder 5
Alexander Spotswood (Governor's grandchild) to John Spotswood, Edinburough, 6 June 1763.
Folder 5
Alexander Spotswood (Governor's grandchild), London, to John Spotswood, Edinburgh, 26 June 1764.
Folder 5
[John Spotswood], Spottiswoode House, to Alexander Spotswood, Virginia, 29 May 1773.
Folder 5
Printed history of Spotswood lands & summons to appear before the Lords of Council and Session at Edinburgh, 6 January 1774.
Folder 5
Clapham, S. Spottiswoode and R. Fanny Spottiswoode to J[ohn] Spottiswoode, 17 September 1801.
Folder 5
Commission of Major General George Spottiswoode to be Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army, 1 December 1830.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Alexander Spotswood, 1676-1740.
  • Blair, Archibald, 1685-1734.
  • Browne, John, d. 1726.
  • Campbell, Archibald, ca. 1730-ca. 1802.
  • Cappon, Lester, J., ed.
  • Cocke, William, 1672-1720.
  • Gooch, William, Sir, 1681-1751.
  • Kerr, Alexander, d. 1737.
  • Robertson, William, d. 1739.
  • Rose, Robert, 1704-1751.
  • Spotiswood, John, 1667-1728.
  • Spotswood, Alexander, 1676-1740.
  • Spotswood, George.
  • Spotswood, John, b. 1711.
  • Spotswood, Robert, Sir, 1596- 1646.
  • Thompson, Andrew, 1674-1719.
  • Wythe, George, 1726- 1806.