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BARCLAY, Sir Colville Adrian de Rune, 1869-1929, Diplomat


Reference code(s): GB 0097 BARCLAY

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: BARCLAY, Sir Colville Adrian de Rune, 1869-1929, Diplomat

Date(s): c1848-1928

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 9 boxes and 1 bundle

Name of creator(s): Barclay, Sir Colville Adrian de Rune, 1869-1929, Knight Diplomat


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Right Honourable Sir Colville Adrian de Rune Barclay, 1869-1929, was the younger son of Sir Colville Barclay, 11th Baronet. He entered the diplomatic service as an Attaché in 1894 and subsequently became 3rd Secretary in 1896, 2nd Secretary in 1900 and 1st Secretary in 1907. He was Councillor of Embassy in Washington, 1913; Minister Plenipotentiary in Washington, 1918; and Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Sweden, 1919-1924, and to Hungary, 1924-1928. His last posting was to Portugal as HM Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary from 1928. He was awarded an MVO in 1903, a CBE in 1917, a CB in 1917, KCMG in 1922. He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1928.


Scope and content/abstract:

This collection consists predominantly of correspondence. This includes letters to Sir Colville Barclay's parents, and letters relating to embassy life and events that occurred during Sir Colville Barclay's various postings. Some folders include photographs. There are also official reports and papers, including Foreign Office confidential circulars concerning peace negotiations, 1918; draft speeches; press releases; notes of condolence collected at the British Embassy in Paris on the death of Queen Victoria; newspaper cuttings; Swedish periodicals; French satirical magazines; and memorabilia, including photographs of official visits from Sweden, Bulgaria and Hungary; magazines and newspapers containing features on King Edward VII's visit to Paris, May 1903; photographs and ephemera relating to Barclay's career in the diplomatic service, particularly his time in Washington, USA.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The collection was divided into sections by diplomatic postings. Some mistakes and discrepancies in the numbering, including the renumbering of section 1 and the transposition of sections 6 and 7, were corrected in 1998.

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Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright is held by the family of the donor.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Online catalogue available, but no handlist.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

A further accession (1 bundle) to the main collection (Acquisition Number: M3091) was made on 4 July 2001 (material, 1903-1924, relating to King Edward VII's visit to Paris, and to Barclay's time in Washington, USA).


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, holds correspondence of Barclay with Lord Hardinge, 1916-1918 (Ref: Hardinge).

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on January 31, 2002.

Date(s) of descriptions: 31 Jan 2002; revised 26 Feb 2002

Diplomacy | Foreign relations | International relations

Personal names
Barclay | Sir | Colville Adrian De Rune | 1869-1929 | Knight | diplomat
Edward VII | 1841-1910 | King of Great Britain and Ireland
Victoria | 1819-1901 | Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and empress of India

Corporate names
British Embassy | Paris, France
Foreign Office

Bulgaria | Eastern Europe
Hungary | Eastern Europe
Paris | France | Western Europe | Europe
Portugal | Western Europe | Europe
Sweden | Northern Europe | Western Europe | Europe
Washington DC | USA | North America