William Mackenzie papers
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William Mackenzie papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Mackenzie, William.
Title: William Mackenzie papers
Dates: 1843-1846
Extent: 0.2 cubic feet (3 folders)
Identification: MS 0532

Biographical/Historical Note

William Mackenzie was a professor at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland during the 19th century.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of papers and correspondence sent to the Georgia Historical Society by William Mackenzie. In the early 1840s, he was asked by William B. Hodgson (1800-1871) and I.K. Tefft (1794-1862) of the Georgia Historical Society to search records in libraries and private collections in Scotland and in England for information concerning the founding of the Colony of Georgia. These letters and papers are the result of Dr. Mackenzie's search. In addition to the letters he meticulously copied a number of records, and the copies are a part of this collection. He also procured books and pamphlets, most of which are still in the Society's library. The larger part of his search was done in Scotland, so there is more information on the Scottish settlers than on the English.

Index Terms

Genealogies (histories)
Georgia Historical Society.
Hodgson, William Brown, 1800-1871.
Letters (correspondence)
Mackenzie, William.
McIntosh family.
Minutes (administrative records)
Saint Augustine (Fla.)
Scottish Americans--United States--Georgia.
Tefft, I. K., (Israel Keech), 1794-1862.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material removed from the administrative records of the Georgia Historical Society.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], William Mackenzie papers, MS 532, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Mackenzie, William, 1840s.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Publication Note

Published in The Georgia Historical Quarterly, LVI-LVII (Winter 1972, Spring 1973); republished in "The Search for Georgia's Colonial Records," Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, XVIII (Savannah: 1976).


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List



1Correspondence, 1843-1845 ( 10.0 items. )
Letters to W.B. Hodgson and I.K. Tefft.


2Enclosures ( 6.0 items. )
Extracts from the files of the Edinburgh Caledonian Mercury...1732-1735 (p. 9-10 missing) with a letter of Mackenzie to Hodgson; extract from the minutes of a meeting of the Town Council of Inverness, September 22, 1735 (regarding Oglethorpe); extracts from the minutes of Directors of the Committee of the Society in Scotland for propagating Christian knowledge; extracts from the Society for Propagating Christian knowledge, London, 1765-1772; "A relation or journal of a late expedition to the gates of St. Augustine;" "French Narrative of the discovery of French Florida," copied by Mackenzie from Histoire Nouvelle du Nouveau Monde...1759 and sent to the Georgia historical Society in 1846 (this item was found in October 1979 with some other papers and therefore not published with the rest of the collection)


3Photocopies of all of the above papers, plus the missing pages from the Edinburgh Caledonian Mercury, and a genealogy of the McIntosh family by Sir Alexander Mackintosh. Not counted