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Correspondence and papers of Gilbert John Elliot Murray Kynynmound (1845-1914), 4th Earl of Minto., 1847-1939, undated.

Identifier: MSS.12365-12803

Scope and Contents

Gilbert John Elliot Murray Kynynmound (1845- 1914), who was styled Viscount Melgund from 1859 and succeeded as Earl of Minto in 1891. He served in the army in the Russo-Turkish War, 1877, in Afghanistan, 1879, and in Egypt, 1882; from 1883 to 1886 he was Military Secretary to the 5th Marquess of Lansdowne, Governor-General of Canada, from 1898 to 1904 he was himself Governor-General of Canada, and from 1905 to 1910 he was Viceroy of India. He was also much involved in local affairs, especially in the Volunteer Movement. The papers cover all aspects of his career, and are particularly rich for the history of Canada and India.

Gilbert John Elliot Murray Kynynmound, the 4th Earl of Minto is referred to throughout this section simply as 'the 4th Earl of Minto'. His wife is referred to as 'the Countess of Minto'. Unless otherwise stated letters are to, and correspondence of, the 4th Earl of Minto.


  • Creation: 1847-1939, undated.

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439 Volumes

Language of Materials

From the Fonds: Undetermined


The papers are arranged as follows. MSS.12365-12411. Family and general correspondence MSS.12412-12452. Correspondence of the Countess of Minto MSS.12453-12472. Diaries of the Countess of Minto MSS.12473-12524. Diaries and notebooks of the 4th Earl of Minto MSS.12525-12530. Legal and financial papers MSS.12531-12547. Military papers MS.12548. Political papers MSS.12549-12587. Canadian papers MSS.12588-12803. Indian papers

Separated Materials

Correspondence and papers of the 4th Earl may be found also in the Arthur Ellior Papers, MSS.19473-19478.


Extensive use has been made of this collection in John Buchan, ‘Lord Minto; a memoir’ (London, 1924), and also in Mary Caroline, ‘Countess of Minto, India, Minto and Morley' (London, 1934), in M N Das, ‘India under Morley and Minto’ (London, 1964), and in P Singh, ‘Lord Minto and Indian nationalism’ (Allahabad, 1976).

Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

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