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Invernairn, Lady Elspeth, (fl 1902-1952)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 IVR

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Invernairn, Lady Elspeth, (fl 1902-1952)

Date(s): [1905-1917]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 1 box, 4 vols

Name of creator(s): Invernairn | Lady | Elspeth | fl 1902-1952 | nee Tullis


Administrative/Biographical history:

Lady Invernairn, nee Elspeth Tullis, married William (later Sir William) Beardmore (1856-1936), Chairman and Managing Director of William Beardmore and Co., Engineers and Shipbuilders, in 1902. He was created Baron Invernairn of Strathnairn in 1921. They both met Ernest (later Sir Ernest) Shackleton (1874-1922) in Edinburgh in 1905, not long after the latter's return from the Antarctic where he had taken part as a junior officer in the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901 to 1904. In 1906 Shackleton entered Beardmore's employment at Parkhead, Glasgow. With Mrs Beardmore's encouragement, he planned his own British Antarctic Expedition in the NIMROD in 1907. Shackleton went south again in the ENDURANCE as leader of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914 to 1917. See H.R. Mill, The Life of Sir Ernest Shackleton (London, 1923) and Margery and James Fisher, Shackleton(London, 1957).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Lady Invernairn, consisting of letters from Shackleton to Lady Invernairn and other papers about the NIMROD and ENDURANCE expeditions.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were presented in accordance with the wishes of Lady Invernairn by Miss V. Blackhall in 1958.


Related material:

Lady Invernairn had already between 1938 and 1939 presented to the Museum Shackleton's volume of Browning's poems, as well as presentation copies of the Aurora Australis and the Heart of the Antarctic (1909).


Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Sep 2011.

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: 2010-11-15

Expeditions | Travel

Personal names
Invernairn | Lady | Elspeth | fl 1902-1952 | nee Tullis
Shackleton | Sir | Ernest Henry | 1874-1922 | Knight | explorer

Corporate names
HMS Endurance
HMS Nimrod