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Mackay, Donald James, 11th Baron Reay

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0102 PP MS 37
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies
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Full title: Mackay, Donald James, 11th Baron Reay
Date(s): Created 1881-1891
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 5 boxes
Name of creator(s): Mackay | Donald James | 1839-1921 | 11th Baron Reay | Governor of Bombay


Administrative/Biographical history:

Donald James Mackay was born in the Hague on 22 December 1839. He was naturalised in 1877 and succeeded to the title of 11th Baron Reay in 1881. From 1884-1886 he was Rector of St. Andrew's University. From 1885-1890 he was Governor of Bombay. From 1892-1918 he was Lord-Lieutenant of Roxburghshire. He served as Under-Secretary for India from 1894-1895, and from 1897-1904 as Chairman of the London School Board. He was President of the Royal Asiatic Society and University College London, and the first President of the British Academy from 1901-1907. He died on 1 August 1921.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, 1881-1891, of Donald James Mackay, 11th Baron Reay, as Governor of Bombay, comprising correspondence, memoranda, petitions and other papers, 1884-1889 and undated, on A'bkari administration (a system of licences for the distillation and sale of spirits in Bombay); correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports and other papers, 1881-1891 and undated, relating to military and naval subjects; correspondence, memoranda, minutes and reports, 1885-1890 and undated, on education; correspondence and other papers, 1881-1891 and undated, on agriculture; correspondence and other papers, 1884-1889 and undated, on sanitation and water works; correspondence and papers, 1884-1891 and undated, on various other subjects including administration, hospitals, irrigation, railways and finance; addresses of welcome to Lord Reay, 1886-1890 and undated; a drawing of Bombay harbour and accompanying manuscript plan, undated; manuscript map of Karachi Harbour Board, 1887.

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The papers have been arranged into sections according to subject as indicated in Scope and content.

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Conditions governing reproduction:

No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance.

Finding aids:

Unpublished handlist and database.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Formerly MS 254560.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated to the library c1926.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The British Library, Manuscript Collections, holds letters to Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, 1886-1907 (Ref: Add MSS 41232-42); letters to T H S Escott, 1879-1884 (Ref: Add MS 58785); letters to Herbert Gladstone, 1880-1906 (Ref: Add MS 46017); letters to Mary Gladstone, 1880-1893 (Ref: Add MS 46242); letters to W E Gladstone, 1880-1893 (Ref: Add MSS 44463-789); letters to Sir Edward Walter Hamilton, 1882-1907 (Ref: Add MS 48617). The British Library, Oriental and India Office Collections, holds correspondence with Lord Cross, 1886-1890 (Ref: MSS Eur E 243); letters to Arthur Godley, 1884-1891 (Ref: MSS Eur F 1092); letters to Lord Kimberley, 1884-1894 (Ref: MSS Eng a 2013-14, b 2047-49, c 3933-4514, d 2439-92, e 2790-97); letters to 1st Viscount Morley, 1909 (Ref: MSS Eur D 573). The National Archives of Scotland holds speeches at the 2nd International Peace Conference, 1907 (Ref: GD84/238). The National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division, holds correspondence with Lord Rosebery, 1880-1920 (Ref: MSS 10043-44), and miscellaneous correspondence, 1881-1903, including Lord Rosebery and Sir Patrick Geddes (Ref: MSS 10036-10158, 10248-10290, 10511, 10534 passim). The Public Record Office holds correspondence with Sir Ernest Satow, 1895-1921 (Ref: PRO30/33/11/11-18). Cambridge University, Kings College Modern Archive Centre, holds letters to Oscar Browning, 1883-1904 (Ref: OB). Cambridge University, Churchill Archives Centre, holds correspondence with Lord Randolph Churchill, 1885-1886 (Ref: RCHL). Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, holds correspondence with Lord Hardinge, 1910-1913 (Ref: Hardinge). Algemeen Rijksarchief te 'sGravenhage, the Netherlands, holds correspondence and papers, 1841-1921.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Revised by Rachel Kemsley as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

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Date(s) of descriptions:
16 May 2000, revised Apr 2002

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