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Papers, correspondence, cuttings and photographs of Esther Barbara Chalmers and the extended Chalmers and Lorimer families, including research notes and drafts concerning the histories of the families.

Identifier: Acc.8695/1-336

Scope and Contents

This collection, while primarily composed of the letters and papers of Esther Chalmers herself, and reflecting her own life and activities, also reflects those of her family, from her grandparents to her nieces and nephews, and of her friends, both in Britain and abroad. The papers concern mostly her own life and her association with Lucie Dejardin, the Belgian socialist, with papers concerning her kinfolk the Lorimers of Kellie (particularly James Lorimer and J H Lorimer) and her father Sir David Patrick Chalmers.


  • Creation: 1786-1983.

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Normal access conditions apply.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.


336 Consultation units

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequeathed, 1984, by Esther Chalmers, through the good offices of Christopher Fyfe, Edinburgh.

National Library of Scotland Catalogue of Manuscripts
National Library of Scotland
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Repository Details

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

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