Thanks for your follow up. Unfortunately it was me who was selling this - and other items - on eBay. I had tried on a number of occassions, via various routes, to find GERARD family researchers, all to no avail. After a couple of years I decided - as this was not my family & I had exhausted my own research - to sell the letters. I am still doing so!
Unfortunately I never came across any further references to Auchinvole. From the letters I have / had I am aware that the Gerard family were from Banff with George Gerard (of Midstrath) the Factor for Lord Banff. One of his sons moved to Paisley where he was a Partner in Gerard & Smith (with Robert Gerard and (previously) a Mr Christie) who were improrters / exporters in wines and threads. His local contacts included many local worthies and he was a Partner in the Paisley Union Bank.
A small number of the letters were from contacts looking for Gerard to find work in Paisley, United States or the West Indies. I cannot recall the detailed content of the Auchinvole letter although I think it was advsing of the death of a person whom Gerard had assisted in going to New York. I also seem to recall that the treatment of the death in the letter was almost routine and the letter continued to mention mutual aquaintences in Glasgow.
I can provide no further info re Auchinvole other than to suggest that if he was either a Scholar or from a Merchant family there is a good chance that he had links with Gerard and indeed it may have been Gerard who assisted him in going to the States. I am sure (from what I can recall) that Auchinvole did suggest a knowledge of Paisley merchants.
Hope this helps.
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