Correspondence of Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, 7th Duke of Richmond and Lennox (1845-1928)

Scope and Content

The material consists of a small number of letters.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox was born on 27 December 1845. He was the eldest son of the Secretary of State for Scotland, 1885-1886, Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, 6th Duke of Richmond and Lennox, 1st Duke of Gordon (1818-1903), upon whose death he succeeded to the title. He had served in the army in South Africa, 1901-1902. He was created G.C.V.O. in 1904 and K.G. in 1905. In 1911, he carried the Sceptre with the Dove at the Coronation of King George V. He was Lord-Lieutenant of the counties of Moray and Banff, and Chancellor of Aberdeen University. Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, 7th Duke of Richmond and Lennox, 2nd Duke of Gordon, died on 18 January 1928.

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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.