Letters of John Francis Erskine Goodeve-Erskine, 33rd Earl of Mar (1836-1930)

Scope and Content

The correspondence is composed of: letters, 1866, 1886 and undated; letters to G. W. Marshall about the Mar peerage case, 1877-1879; letter to Miss Coxe, 1886; letter to Major Mackenzie, 1887; letter to Harford, 1891; letter to Mrs. Mackenzie, 1893; letter to Mr. Saxe Wyndham, 1914; and cuttings photograph of the Countess of Mar.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Francis Erskine Goodeve-Erskine was born in Clifton on 29 March 1836. He succeeded his uncle to the Earldom in 1866. His uncle was John Francis Miller Erskine, 32nd Earl of Mar (1795-1866) who had also established a right to the Earldom of Kellie. John Francis Erskine Goodeve-Erskine was the Representative Peer for Scotland 1886 to 1923. He held honorary degrees from Oxford and Cambridge. The Earldom of Mar is the premier one of Scotland, and the oldest one by descent. John Francis Erskine Goodeve-Erskine, 33rd Earl of Mar, died on 16 June 1930.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Letters purchased among a batch of others, June 1971, Accession no. E71.17. Wyndham letter purchased among batch of others, 1974, Accession no. E74.7.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke, Asworth P. (eds.) A genealogical and heraldic history of the peerage and baronetage, the Privy Council, and knightage. 87th ed. London: Burke's Peerage Ltd., 1929. (2) Who was who 1929-1940. London: Adam and Charles Black, 9141.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

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