Sir Leslie Scott Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Several hundred letters to; engagement diaries. Subjects include: rural land use, Liverpool Exchange Constituency, India. Correspondents include prominent legal and political figures.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Leslie Frederic Scott (1869-1950) was educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. As a barrister, he specialised in commercial cases and had a particular concern for international maritime law. He was Conservative MP for Liverpool Exchange, 1910-1929, and Solicitor General for a short period in 1922. From 1935 to 1948 he was a Lord Justice of Appeal. Amongst his many interests was a keen concern for the well-being of rural England, and he was a founder member of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England. As Chairman of the Committee on Land Utilisation in Rural Areas, his eventual report laid the foundations of the 1947 Town and Country Planning Act.

Reference: Finding aid for MSS.119

Conditions Governing Access


Alternative Form Available

Photocopies of correspondence between Scott and Oliver Wendell Holmes form part of this collection - the originals are held at Harvard University's Law School Library. In exchange for this material, copies of those originals held by the Centre were sent to Harvard.

Archivist's Note

An authority file exists for Sir Leslie Scott (GB 152 AAR0980).

Conditions Governing Use

Any quotations taken from the Scott-Holmes correspondence are to be referred to Harvard Law School Library.

Custodial History

The collection was deposited with the Centre in 1976 by Lady Alan Pim, Sir Leslie Scott's sister.


  • July 1985, Scott/Holmes correspondence photocopies.