Papers of Sir Robert Liston, diplomatist. Edit




  • 1756-1832. (Creation)


  • 213 Volumes (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Arrangement

    The papers have been arranged chronologically, and fall naturally into regional sections.

  • Scope and Contents

    After serving his apprenticeship as Secretary and Chargé d'Affaires at the courts of Munich, Ratisbon, Berlin, Turin and Madrid, Robert Liston was appointed Minister Plenipotentiary at Madrid in 1784.

    After leaving Madrid he was the British Representative at Stockholm, Constantinople, Washington, The Hague, and again at Constantinople.

    Within each regional section there are two main categories, official and personal. The first contains documents, with instructions or information for the Ambassador, letters from the Secretary of State's Office, and copies of Liston's dispatches. The second contains personal letters to Robert Liston or to his wife Henrietta, and copies of his own letters. But the two categories are not entirely distinct, for many of the personal letters are from diplomats, commenting on current political affairs.

  • Separated Materials

    For a few formal documents, such as passports, see Ch.5780-5795.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, 1936.

  • Custodial History

    The papers were bought by the National Library of Scotland with the aid of the Reid Fund.