Letters of Sir Robert Threshie Reid, 1st Earl Loreburn (1846-1923)

Scope and Content

The letters relate to invitations covering 1900 to 1906 and also undated.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Threshie Reid was born 3 April 1846 and was a native of Dumfriesshire. He was educated at Cheltenham College and he studied at Balliol College, Oxford. He became a Barrister in 1871 and a QC in 1882. Reid was also an M.P., for Hereford in 1880 and for Dumfries 1886-1905. He became Solicitor-General and then Attorney-General in 1894. Between 1905 and 1912 he was Lord Chancellor. He received a Baronetcy in 1906, and was knighted in 1894. He was also decorated for his services in connection with the Venezuela Boundary Arbitration Commission. His publications include Capture at sea (1913) and How the war came (1919). Sir Robert Threshie Reid, 1st Earl Loreburn, died on 30 November 1923.

Access Information

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The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Who was who 1916-1928. 3rd edition. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1962.

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

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Material

The local Indexes show another reference to Loreburn related material (check the Indexes for more details): letter to Sir C. J. Pearson, 1903, at Gen. 756, no. 233. The UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes several locations of Earl Loreburn related material.