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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1394
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1857-1920
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.08 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Maxwell Batley and Company | solicitor


Administrative/Biographical history:

The collection includes the will of Alexander Macmillan, brother of David Macmillan (1813-1857), bookseller and publisher. In 1843 David opened a shop in Aldersgate Street, City of London and soon after took over an established business in Trinity Street, Cambridge. The two brothers were partners and for a time Alexander ran the shop in Aldersgate Street.

The collection also includes the will of Sir James Thomas Knowles, K.C.V.O., knighted in 1903, editor of the very successful Nineteenth Century, a literary periodical review which started in 1877. He also founded the Metaphysical Society, 1869-1881, and edited the Contemporary Review from 1870 to 1877. As a result of his achievements in the literary world he gained the friendship of Tennyson. By profession an architect, he designed the Thatched House Club, St. James, 1865 and laid out Leicester Square for Albert Grant in 1874.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, 1857-1920, collected by the solicitors in the course of their work, comprising probates of wills of the Haig, Knowles, Macmillan, and Pellatt families.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged according to family.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1977

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

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:
July to October 2009

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