Letters of Donald James Mackay, 11th Baron Reay (1839-1921)

Scope and Content

The collection is composed of letters about parliamentary business, and there is also a letter of his wife, Lady Reay.

Administrative / Biographical History

Donald James Mackay was born in The Hague, 22 December 1839. He was Rector of St. Andrews University, 1884-1886. Mackay was Governor of Bombay 1885-1890, and Under-Secretary for India, 1894-1895. He was also Chief of Clan Mackay and was created a Knight of the Thistle in 1911. Donald James Mackay, 11th Baron Reay, died on 1 August 1921.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Who was who 1916-1928. 3rd edition. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1962.

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 Mackay related material (check the Indexes for more details): letter to Sir W. Muir, 1886, at Dk.2.13, p.52; and portrait photograph at Dk.2.13, p.52. In addition, the UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes several locations of Mackay, 11th Baron Reay related material.