Contents and Arrangement

"The History of an Old Ayrshire Mansion", circa 1894-1899

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Twelve-page manuscript by an unknown relative of Alice Boyd, possibly Margaret Courtney-Boyd or another of Boyd's nieces, which includes a detailed report on the history and inhabitants of Penkill Castle during the time of Alice Boyd's residence, with special attention to the activities of several major Pre-Raphaelites, including William Bell Scott, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, Arthur Hughes, and others.


Alice Boyd's correspondence is followed by family correspondence, arranged alphabetically by sender, with other documents and manuscripts at the end.

Collection History

Custodial History

This collection was a part of William E. Fredeman's large collection of books, artwork, and manuscripts related to the Pre-Raphaelites and their circle, which he developed from the 1950s through the 1990s. Fredeman acquired these papers, which were once housed at Penkill Castle, from descendants of the Alice Boyd family.


All materials were retained with the collection, with the exception of a large metal strong box that originally housed the Scott family papers.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in April, 2014. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in April, 2014.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

"The History of an Old Ayrshire Mansion"; William E. Fredeman Collection of William Bell Scott, the Scott Family, and Alice Boyd, C1459, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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