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SCOTT, Sir Buchanan (1850-1937)


Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/501

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives

Title: SCOTT, Sir Buchanan (1850-1937)

Date(s): 1888-1890

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 4 production units.

Name of creator(s): Scott | Sir | Buchanan | 1850-1937 | Knight | Colonel


Administrative/Biographical history:

Captain (later Colonel Sir) Buchanan Scott was born in 1850. A graduate of the Royal Military Academy, he joined the India service in 1871, specialising in railroads and transportation. By 1888 he had risen to the rank of Captain in the Royal Engineers. In this year, he was given two years' special leave of absence by the British Government of India to take up an appointment as general manager of the Mexican Land and Colonization Company Ltd, administering an area of land the size of Scotland. In 1890 he returned to work in India, becoming Senior Mint Master. He died in 1937.

The Mexican Land and Colonization Company was formed in 1889 to purchase the business of the International Company of Mexico, an American company founded in 1885 to develop the Baja California region. Both companies had premises at 48 Finsbury Circus.


Scope and content/abstract:

The records of Sir Buchanan Scott relate to his time as general manager of the Mexican Land and Colonization Company Ltd and comprise copy out-letters 1888-90, photographs of Ensenada, California, c 1889 and rock samples.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Access by appointment only. Please contact staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records were presented to the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library in 1977, and catalogued in 1977 by a member of Guildhall Library staff. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.



Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Records prepared May to September 2011.

Colonial administration | Colonial countries | Political systems
Personal archives | Archives
Personal papers | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources

Personal names
Scott | Sir | Buchanan | 1850-1937 | Knight | Colonel

Corporate names
Mexican Land and Colonization Co Ltd

Ensenada | California | USA | North America