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Letters and copies of letters of and to Douglas James William Kinnaird., 1814-1828.

Identifier: MSS.43452-43463

Scope and Contents

Douglas James William Kinnaird (1788-1830) was an intimate friend of Lord Byron. Kinnaird was banker for the poet and after Byron went into self-imposed exile in 1816, Kinnaird also acted as his power of attorney in Britain. As a result, there are hundreds of letters between the two, as well as letters of Kinnaird to John Murray II and John Cam Hobhouse. The correspondence covers personal affairs, business matters and conversation about the works of Byron. Kinnaird was heavily involved in the publication process of the works of Byron, especially after Byron went abroad, and the correspondence here reflects this involvement. Later copies of the letters of Byron to Kinnaird are also included in this series.

There are also personal copybooks of letters of Kinnaird. These contain copies of letters of Douglas Kinnaird to a variety of correspondents.


  • Creation: 1814-1828.

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The letters of Byron to Kinnaird are placed at the start of the sequence in chronological order. These are followed by the letters of Kinnaird to Byron, Hobhouse and John Murray II. The copybooks of Kinnaird follow. The later copies of the letters of Byron to Kinnaird have been placed at the end of the sequence.

Repository Details

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

Archives and Manuscript Division
National Library of Scotland
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