The papers are composed of: a letter to Sir Patrick Walker; a sketch of coal marches on the land of the Earl, by R, Bald, 1817; and, letters to Sir Patrick Walker about the opening of Cramond Bridge, 1824, and to the Royal Academy, circa 1825.
Papers of Archibald John Primrose, 4th Earl of Rosebery (1783-1868)
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- ReferenceGB 237 Coll-476
- Dates of Creation19th century
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical Description4 letters or notes
- LocationGen. 1790, no. 176; Gen. 1982/87; Gen. 1983/72-73
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Administrative / Biographical History
Archibald John Primrose was born at Dalmeny Castle, West Lothian, on 14 October 1783. He was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and graduated in 1804. In the Commons he represented the burgh of Helston in 1805-1806, and Cashel in 1806-1807, and in 1814 he inherited the earldom of Rosebery from his father. In 1828 he became a Peer, taking the title Baron Rosebery of Rosebery, Midlothian. As a Liberal he took a keen interest in the Reform Bill 1832, and earlier, in 1831, he became a Privy Councillor. In 1840, Rosebery was made a Knight of the Order of the Thistle, and from 1843 to 1863 he was Lord-Lieutenant of West Lothian. Archibald John Primrose, 4th Earl of Rosebery, died on 4 March 1868. His grandson, Archibald Philip Primrose, Lord Dalmeny, 5th Earl of Rosebery, became a British Prime Minister.
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The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of national biography. Vol. 16. Pocock-Robins. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1909.
Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.
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