Papers of Sir Leslie Scott MP (1869-1950), judge and Conservative politician

Scope and Content

Several hundred letters to Scott, 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.

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Acquisition Information

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

Other Finding Aids

Conditions Governing Use

Preferred citation : Sir Leslie Scott Papers (MSS.119), Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick.

Custodial History

Catalogued by Richard Storey, February 1978.


July 1985, Scott/Holmes correspondence photocopies. Any quotations taken from the Scott-Holmes correspondence should be referred to Harvard Law School Library.