16th century and the collection's historical background.

In the 16th-century, documentation, letter-writing, and language choices all carried particular importance.

Historical Background

These letters focus upon Colin Campbell, the sixth laird of Glenorchy who went by the nickname Grey Colin, and his wife Katherine Ruthven. Their main base was in Breadalbane, part of the Gaelic-speaking central Highlands.

Learn more about Kate Ruthven's life.

Learn more about Grey Colin's life.

Learn about the Clan Campbell