The private papers of one of Scottish history's most controversial political figures have been saved for the nation. The Melville papers - which include the documents of Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville - contain about 11,000 records which span 150 years.

The National Records of Scotland purchased the collection for £1.35m. For three decades Dundas was the Grand Manager of Scotland, or Great Tyrant to his enemies, and the trusted lieutenant of British prime minister William Pitt.

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