Mary Hamilton Ruthven 1789-1885

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Mary RUTHVEN 1789-1885

Biographical Note

Lady Mary Hamilton (Campbell) Ruthven was born in 1789. She married James, 7th Lord Ruthven of Freeland, in 1813. She was widowed in 1853 and passed away in 1885.


Lady Ruthven's library was sold at auction by Mr. Dowell of Edinburgh in 1885. The auction consisted of 631 lots (351 octavos, 143 quarto, 69 folios, and 68 miscellaneous volumes) comprised of mostly 18th- and 19th-century books, although some 16th- and 17th-century books can be found. Subjects include maps, art, history, theology, pamphlets, music, and classics, with books printed for the Maitland and Bannatyne clubs.

Notable selection:

Sir Walter Scott's Waverley Novels (Original editions, various years) [lot 95]


  • Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002. The Royal Society of Edinburgh. 2006.
  • Catalogue of the valuable libraries of the late Dowager Lady Ruthven, the late Dowager Lady Torphichen, the late Bailie Hall, and others; also a large number of Bannatyne, Maitland, and Abbotsford Club books; to be sold by auction by Mr Dowell Edinburgh, on Monday, 30th November 1885, and two following days. Edinburgh, 1885. [NLS: APS.2.89.97]