Traquair House Archives

Our archives are a treasure trove of material relating to the Stuarts who lived at Traquair over the centuries

Treasure Trove of Material

The archives contain a huge amount of family and political papers including charters dating back to  the 1300’s. They give an extraordinary insight into the lives of the family who lived here recording events that shaped them in a local, national and international context.

If you visit Traquair you will see lots of archives on display throughout the house. There are rotating exhibitions in the Museum Room and High Gallery and many can be found in our book, A Family Life Revealed – The Stuarts of Traquair 1491 – 1875.

Online Features

We are now sharing our archives with our website visitors, and currently have three online features:

Diary of Mary Ravenscroft

Excerpts from the diary of Mary Ravenscroft, 7th Countess of Traquair, from 1782 to 1783, detailing the minutiae of daily life here at Traquair. (Interested in reading more diaries? The Scottish Borders Archives have the fascinating diary of Charlotte, another lady from the Borders)

Our 18th Century American Connection

In 1770 Lady Christina Stuart, eldest daughter of 6th Earl of Traquair, married a young Virginian, Cyrus Griffin, who was studying law at Edinburgh University. In 1773 the couple left for America where Cyrus was to become one of the Founding Fathers.

Traquair's Jacobite Connection

In 2015 Traquair commemorated the 300th anniversary of the 1715 Jacobite Rising in which family members played their part.

Historical Researchers

Please note that the Traquair Archives are privately-owned and not generally open to the public. Wherever possible we allow access to bona fide historical researchers who have a specific research topic. A limited amount of research may also be undertaken on behalf of enquirers. Enquiries should be made to and these will be considered by our archivist. A charge is made for all archival services.