Guide to the Margaret Paton Diaries, 1849-1872
Paton was the wife of a merchant from Montrose, Scotland. The collection includes sixteen diaries written by Paton between 1849-1872.
- Collection Number
- Margaret Paton Diaries
- Paton, Margaret, b. 1831
- 0.5 Linear Feet, 16 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
The collection includes sixteen diaries (1849 Oct. 1 to 1872 Dec. 31) kept by Margaret Paton, beginning seven months after her marriage and continuing with little interruption for twenty-three years. She chiefly records her thoughts and moods, how she spends her days, and various events such as the marriages and deaths of persons she knows. Many entries include information about her husband's activities and to a lesser degree her relationship with him. While sometimes recording events of national significance, she primarily focuses on private life and events at a local level.
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[Identification of item], Margaret Paton Diaries, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Margaret Paton was the wife of a merchant from Montrose, Scotland.
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- Domestic relations -- Scotland
- Diaries -- Women authors
- Families -- Scotland
- Merchants -- Scotland
- Marriage -- Scotland
- Women -- Family relationships
- Montrose (Scotland) -- History -- 19th century
- Scotland -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
- Scotland -- History -- 19th century
- Scotland -- Commerce
The Margaret Paton Diaries were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1990.
Processed by Kimberly Sims, May 2011
Encoded by Kimberly Sims, June 2011