Papers of George, 1st Earl Macartney

Archive Collection
  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. hist. b. 241-2, c. 1122-4
  • Dates of Creation
      1757-99
  • 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.

Conditions Governing Access

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollections).

Acquisition Information

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

Note

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 http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/specialcollectionswmss/online/online.htm.

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).