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Correspondence and papers of Richard Burdon Haldane, Viscount Haldane of Cloan (1856-1928), the statesman, lawyer and philosopher, and of his sister, Elizabeth Sanderson Haldane (1862-1937), philanthropist and author.

Identifier: MSS.5901-6109

Scope and Contents

The papers include correspondence of other members of the family of Haldane of Cloan covering a period of almost a century and a half from the beginning of the 19th century, especially rich for the period 1875-1937.


  • Creation: 19th century-early 20th century.

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209 Volumes ; The papers, except where otherwise noted, are of various sizes, folio and under.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 1945, by Sir William S Haldane, of Foswell, Writer to the Signet, and Mrs Campbell Fraser, Borthwickshields.


The papers, not then in their present arrangement, were used for their biographies of Viscount Haldane by Sir Frederick Maurice: ‘The life of Viscount Haldane of Cloan' (London, 1937), and Dudley Sommer: ‘Haldane of Cloan: his life and times’ (London, 1960), and more recently by Stephen E Koss: ‘Lord Haldane: scapegoat for liberalism’ (New York, 1969). They were also drawn upon by Haldane himself for his posthumously published autobiography: ‘Richard Burdon Haldane, an autobiography’ (London, 1929).
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