Letters of James McKinley (fl. 1914-1922)

Scope and Content

The correspondence is composed of: letters from McKinley to his daughter in Chester, from Mexico City, 1915-1922; letters from Toronto, Canada, 1926-1934; and, copies of testimonials to his actions 1914-1915, and as Commandant of the British Defence Organisation in Mexico, 1916-1919. There are also letters of his son Donald McKinley to his daughter (the younger McKinley's sister), 1923-1926.

Administrative / Biographical History

James McKinley was a Scottish businessman working in Mexico City in the inter-war period. His family lived in Chester, England.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

From miscellaneous letters, lots 349, 384, and 386, at Bloomsbury Book Auctions, 19 September 1991, Accession no. E91.82 (part).


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material contained in the collection.

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.