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Friends of the Argyll Papers first annual meeting

Date: 18 March 2017
Location: Nicoll Hall, Inveraray

We are delighted to announce that the first annual meeting of the Friends of the Argyll Papers will be held on Saturday 18 March 2017 at 11.15 a.m. in the Nicoll Hall, Inveraray. All members of the Friends are warmly invited to attend.

Coffee/tea and biscuits available from 11.00 a.m.

The meeting will include an update on what the association has done so far, proposed constitutional amendments and ideas for future events and initiatives to promote and support the Argyll Papers, as well as a “show and tell” session featuring current volunteers and the archive material they have been working with and an introduction to the Anne Campbell Collection, a recent new deposit.

Following the meeting, friends are invited to continue to network over lunch in the George Hotel. Please note that friends are responsible for paying for their own lunches but the craic is free!

Please email the Argyll Papers to confirm your attendance or to offer your apologies.

Friends of the Argyll Papers Constitution


Proposed amendments to constitution



Friends of the Argyll Papers launch event

Date: 30 September 2016
Location: Inveraray Castle

‘One of the most important private archives in Britain.’ This is how Professor Allan Macinnes, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Strathclyde and expert on Highland history, described the Argyll Papers at the start of his entertaining and informative talk at Inveraray Castle last Friday. Professor Macinnes proceeded to relate some of the highlights of his many years of research in the archives – when the Papers were stored in the Castle itself – and told at some length a true tale of piratical adventures on the high seas which ended at Loch Craignish.

The talk was the last part of the launch event for the Friends of the Argyll Papers, an organisation established to support the development of the family and estate archive of the Campbell family, dukes of Argyll, and to promote its use and enjoyment by a wide audience. Thirty-five Friends, partners and interested parties arrived promptly at 5pm for a tour of Inveraray Castle. The tour was led by Monika, one of the Castle guides, who enthusiastically shared her knowledge of the family and the Castle. Following the tour, refreshments were served in the Armoury Hall, surrounded by roundels of muskets and Lochaber axes, before moving through to the saloon where Professor Macinnes was to talk.

The Friends of the Argyll Papers has now been launched in style. New ‘friends’ are always welcome – please join online or ‘like us’ on Facebook/friendsoftheargyllpapers.

Archive Awareness Campaign 2015

Date: November 2015
Location: The Argyll Papers, Cherry Park, Inveraray

With support from The Friends, The Argyll Papers will participate in this national initiative aimed at raising the profile of archives and making them more accessible to the general public.

This is a free event, open to Friends and the general public. For further details about the national initiative see