Correspondence and papers, private and official, of Brigadier-General Alexander Walker. Edit




  • 1592-1594, 1734-1830, undated (Creation)


  • 593 Volumes (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection covers Alexander Walker's military and administrative service in the East India Company in great detail from circa 1790 to 1801, notably in Malabar and then in Gujarat, where he was Political Resident at Baroda, until he left India in 1810. He came out of retirement to govern St Helena from 1822 to 1828, The importance of the collection lies in the detailed administrative content of Walker's correspondence and memoranda, particularly for the Gujarat period, a continuing concern for Indian affairs throughout his retirement which led him to maintain or create a wide range of correspondents, and his passionate interest in native customs and traditions which involved him in the collecting of copious materials intended for publication. There are also some papers relating to his small estate at Bowland, near Galashiels, acquired in 1810, and some papers, after his death in 1831, relating to his immediate family.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Presented, 1952, by Tods Murray & Jamieson, Writer to the Signet.

  • Arrangement

    The papers are arranged as follow: MSS.13601-13629. Malabar papers. MSS.13630-13719. Gujarat papers. MSS.13720-13740. Retirement. MSS.13741-13774. St. Helena papers. MSS.13775-13960. Proposed publications. MSS.13961-14193. Family and estate affairs.