Official papers of Charles Stuart, Baron Stuart de Rothesay, during his embassy to Paris, 1815-1830. Edit




  • 1814-1831. (Creation)


  • 87 Volumes (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Part bought, Sotheby's, 6 November 1951, lot 371; the remainder, 1952.

  • Custodial History

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

  • Arrangement

    The original chronological arrangement of the collection has been preserved.

  • Separated Materials

    Papers and correspondence relating to the earlier part of Charles Stuart's career are in the Public Record Office, reference FO 342.

    Further material concerning Charles Stuart's Paris embassy is in the University of Chicago Library, and in Edinburgh University Library.

  • Scope and Contents

    A series of volumes containing copies of dispatches, both outgoing and incoming, for each year of Charles Stuart's embassy, with a gap of four years, from 1824-1828, when he was recalled to England. The volumes were paginated, which makes it apparent that in many there are items missing; a list of missing pages has been placed at the beginning of each volume.

    The main topics of the reports concern the principal political events of the day: in addition to details of internal French affairs and some comments on British domestic affairs, the papers refer to the Peace treaties, the Congresses at Vienna, Trappau and Laybach, international relations with Russia, Prussia and Austria, and diplomatic problems connected with Spain, Portugal, South America, Italy, Turkey and Greece.

    Private letters come mostly from successive Secretaries of State, explaining to Stuart their policies more fully than was thought advisable in the public dispatches.

  • Other Finding Aids

    Each volume has also its original contents list, giving a summary of the dispatches, but taking no account of any private letters it may contain.