Correspondence of Charles Lennox-Gordon, 5th Duke of Richmond and Lennox (1791-1860)

Scope and Content

The material consists of a small number of letters.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Lennox-Gordon was born on 3 August 1791. He was the eldest son of Charles, 4th Duke of Richmond and Lennox (1764-1819). He was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the army and served in the latter stages of the war against Napoleon, and was at Waterloo. He was an aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria and was the Hereditary Constable of Inverness Castle. Charles Lennox-Gordon, 5th Duke of Richmond and Lennox, died on 21 October 1860.

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The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Burke, Ashworth P. A genealogical and heraldic history of the peerage and baronetage, the Privy Council, and knightage. 87th edition. London: Burke's Peerage Ltd., 1929.

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 various references to other material related to the Dukes of Richmond in the Laing Collection and elsewhere (check the Indexes for more details): document signed by Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond and Lennox (1672-1723) resigning into the hands of the Crown his office of Heritable Admiral of Scotland, at La.II.575; letters of Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond and Lennox (1734-1806) to George Johnstone, 1775, at La.II.73/107, 115, 186-187; letter from Charles Lennox, 4th Duke of Richmond and Lennox (1764-1819), to Lord Mountjoy, 1811, at La.II.422/173; letter of Charlotte, Dowager Duchess of Richmond to Lady Charles Fitzroy, 1841, at Gen. 1983/44; letter to Bramston about the price of wool, 1865, and letter to Wyllie, at Gen. 1983/37, also engraved portrait and signature, 1874, of Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, 6th Duke of Gordon and Lennox (1818-1903), at Gen. 1995/83.

In addition, the UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes: correspondence and papers, West Sussex Record Office, Ref. Goodwood MSS NRA 850 Gordon Lennox; and, letters (13) to Aretas Akers-Douglas, 1886-1894, Centre for Kentish Studies, Ref. U564 NRA 9550 Akers-Douglas.