Cromer Papers

Scope and Content

The papers are largely Lady Cromer's, but include 400 letters to her from Lord Cromer, 1901-16, 28 letters from him to Gertrude Bell, 1908-14, and a small quantity of other letters from and to him, as well as a substantial amount of her correspondence. There are papers relating to educational and medical work in Egypt, where Lord Cromer was British Agent and Consul-General 1883-1907, and the photographs in the collection include some 200 of Egyptian scenes.

Family papers include letters to Lady Cromer from her brother, Lord Alexander Thynne (killed in action 1918), and notes on Longleat and the pedigree of the Thynne family.

Administrative / Biographical History

Evelyn Baring (1841-1917), 6th son of Henry Baring, M.P., was ADC to the Governor of the Ionian Islands 1861; Private Secretary to the Viceroy of India 1872-1876; Commissioner of the Egyptian Public Debt 1877-1879; Comptroller General in Egypt 1879-1880; Financial member of the council of the Viceroy of India 1880-1883; Consul General and Minister Plenipotentiary in Egypt 1883-1907. He was made KCB 1887, and created Baron Cromer 1892, Viscount 1899, Earl of Cromer 1901. His first wife Ethel Stanley died 1898, and he married secondly in 1901 Lady Katherine Georgiana Louisa Thynne (1865-1933), daughter of the 4th Marquess of Bath. (Their son, Evelyn Baring, 1st Baron Howick of Glendale, married Lady Mary Grey, daughter of 5th Earl Grey and heiress to Howick).


The papers are roughly grouped, but not yet fully arranged.

Access Information

Open for consultation, although uncatalogued material may not be producible.


Part of : Earl Grey Papers

Other Finding Aids

This collection description; accession list.


Marlowe, John, Cromer in Egypt (London, 1970)  Sayyid-Marsot, A.L., Egypt and Cromer: a study in Anglo-Egyptian relations (London, 1968)

Family Names