Alexander Inglis d.1719

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Alexander INGLIS d.1719

Biographical Note

Little biographical information about Inglis seems to exist, but he was apparently a merchant in Edinburgh before purchasing the Inglis family seat at Murdostoun from a distant cousin. Upon his death he bequeathed his estate to his nephew Alexander Hamilton, on the condition that he took the Inglis name.


Inglis' library was sold at auction in Edinburgh on 1 July 1719 by James McEuen. The catalogue describes the books as being 'in several faculties and languages'. The library was sold in 575 lots consisting of 250 octavos, 121 quartos, and 204 folios.

Example: University of Edinburgh Library Ms.Add.3

Characteristic Markings

Used an engraved bookplate:

Franks 16014: Inglis, Alexander, of Murdostoun. (Arms. Inglis quartering Hamilton and Elphinstone.)


  • Inglis Family History.
  • Alston, R. C. Inventory of sale catalogues ... 1676-1800, St Philip, 2010.
  • A catalogue of books, in several faculties and languages, being the library of Mr. Alexander Inglis of Murdistoun lately deceast. Edinburgh, 1719, ESTC T162987.
  • Gambier Howe, E. R. J. Franks bequest: catalogue of British and American book plates bequeathed to the ... British Museum. London, 1903-4.
  • Inglis, John A. The Family of Inglis of Auchindinny and Redhall. Edinburgh, 1914.