Papers of George, 1st Earl Macartney

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. hist. b. 241-2, c. 1122-4
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      English, Latin, French, and Chinese.
  • Physical Description
      5 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Papers of Lord Macartney, mainly relating to mercantile, naval and military affairs during Macartney's governorship of Fort St. George, Madras, 1781-6, and to Cochin China, 1792-4.

Administrative / Biographical History

George, 1st Earl Macartney (1737-1806) was a diplomat and colonial governor. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

The papers were bought at Sotheby's in 1979 and 1980.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection is available online at

Related Material

See also Papers of George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney, as governor and president of Fort St. George, Madras (MSS. Eng. hist. b. 173-85, c. 66-118, c. 399, d. 142-3).

Further letter-books are held by the British Library (Add. MSS. 22415-22464).