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Playfair family (msdep14)

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The papers relating to the Playfair family, a prominent family in St Andrews and beyond, particularly during the 19th century. The papers include the journals of Rev James Playfair DD (1738-1819), principal of the United College of the University of St Andrews; lively diaries of Mrs Patrick Playfair, his second daughter; letters and journals by Surgeon-General George Playfair in India; letter books of Sir Robert Lambert Playfair illustrating his diplomatic career in Aden, North Africa and Zanzibar; and early photograph albums.

View the online catalogue entry for the Playfair family Collection. More information is available on the work carried out on the Playfair Papers, on the Projects page.

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