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WEDDERBURN, Sir David (1835-1882)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 SDW
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: WEDDERBURN, Sir David (1835-1882)
Date(s): 1866-1892
Level of description: collection
Extent: 2 oversize boxes
Name of creator(s): Wedderburn | Sir | David | 1835-1882 | 3rd Baronet | MP


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1835; educated Edinburgh, Cambridge and Heidelberg Universities; Scottish Member of Parliament for South Ayrshire, 1868-1874 and for Haddington Burghs, 1879-1882; lectured and wrote on his extensive travels including in Europe, North America, India, North Africa, South Africa, Indonesia, China, Japan, Middle East; Australia, New Zealand and Russia; died 1882.


Scope and content/abstract:

Copies of the travel journals of Sir David Wedderburn, 1866-1892, including Vol 1: 1866, United States, Canada, Atlantic passages; Vol 1A: 1868, Ireland; 1873, France, Germany, Luxembourg; Vol 2: 1869, Hungary, Turkey, Syria, Palestine, Egypt; Vol 3: 1870-1871, France, Spain, Gibraltar; 1873, Algeria; Vol 3A: 1871-1872, France, Switzerland, Italy; Vol 3B: 1872-1873 Austria, Channel Islands; Vol 4: 1874, Ceylon. Australia; Vol 5: 1874, Australia, and New Zealand; Vol 6: (Missing); Vol 7: 1876-1877 India; Vol 8: 1877-1878, Ceylon, Java, China, Japan; Vol 9: 1877, Japan and USA, June 1878 Iceland; Vol 10: 1878 Denmark, Russia, Greece, Italy: Vol 11: 1880, Brittany, Ireland, Russia, Pyrenees; Vol 12: 1881-1882 South Africa and a 'Life Sketch' of Sir David Wedderburn 1835-1882, by D A Percival.

Access & Use

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Conditions governing access:

Accessible via The Foyle Reading Room. Free of charge for Fellows, Members and those with valid academic identification. All other users pay a charge and must bring identification in order to register on arrival.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying at the discretion of the Archivist, subject to completion of 'application for copies' form. No reproduction or publication without permission of the RGS-IBG Archivist.

Finding aids:

Detailed list available in the Foyle reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Copies received from the owner (see RGS records).

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Prepared by Archives Volunteer using existing finding aids. Modified by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: Life of Sir David Wedderburn : compiled from his journals and writings, by Louisa Jane Percival, (London : K. Paul, Trench, 1884), digital copy available online at

Rules or conventions:
ISAD(G) ed. 2, name authority NRA.

Date(s) of descriptions:
29th November 2000. May 2008.

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