Papers of Donald James Mackay, 11th Lord Reay

Scope and Content

The collection comprises the papers of Donald James Mackay, 11th Baron Reay as Governor of Bombay, 1885-1890.

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.


The papers have been arranged into the following sections: material on A'bkari administration (system of licences for the distillation and sale of spirits in Bombay); military and naval subjects; education; agriculture; sanitation and water works; various subjects; addresses of welcome, and drawings/maps.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Donated to the library c 1926

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished handlist

Related Material

Associated Material held elsewhere: 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 [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]; 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]; National Archives of Scotland: Speeches at the 2nd International Peace Conference, 1907 [ref. GD84/238]; National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division: Correspondence with Lord Rosebery, 1880-1920 [ref. MSS 10043-44]; Public Record Office: Correspondence with Sir Ernest Satow, 1895-1921 [ref. PRO30/33/11/11-18]; Cambridge University, Kings College Modern Archive Centre: Letters to Oscar Browning, 1883-1904 [ref. OB]; Cambridge University, Churchill Archives Centre: Correspondence with Lord Randolph Churchill, 1885-1886 [ref. RCHL]; Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives: Correspondence with Lord Hardinge, 1910-1913 [ref. Hardinge]. The Historical Documentaion Centre for Dutch Protestantism, Amsterdam, NL, holds a small number of letters by Makay to Abraham Kuyper regarding the South African War.