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Correspondence and papers of Edward Ellice (died 1863) of Invergarry and of his son Edward Ellice (died 1880) of Invergarry, and of other members of the Ellice family descended from Alexander Ellice, 'America and West Indies Merchant', London, who died at Bath in 1805.

Identifier: MSS.15001-15195

Scope and Contents

The collection consists chiefly of correspondence and papers relating to politics, especially colonial matters, and to estate and family affairs. Both Edward Ellice and his son were influential Liberal Members of Parliament who owned substantial estates in Scotland, Canada, America and the West Indies.


  • Creation: 1757-1934, undated.

Conditions Governing Access

Normal access conditions apply.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.


195 Volumes ; Except where specially noted, each volume contains papers of various sizes, folio and under.

Language of Materials



The collection had previously been deposited in a number of instalments at different times, and as it had been frequently consulted (and portions of it had been microfilmed for the Public Archives of Canada) before being catalogued, it has been catalogued chiefly in the order in which it had been provisionally arranged after deposit.

Except in MSS.15041-15046 (correspondence with Joseph Parkes), no attempt has been made to separate letters to Edward Ellice from those to his son, especially as letters addressed to the one were in any case meant to be shown to the other.

The papers are arranged as follows: MSS.15001-15061. Edward Ellice and his son: general correspondence. MSS.15062-15070. Edward Ellice and his son: family correspondence. MSS.15071-15102. Correspondence and papers of Marion Coleman. MSS.15103-15105. Correspondence on politics and on proposed publication of Ellice papers. MSS.15106-15112. Estate and business correspondence. MSS.15113-15129. Canada papers. MSS.15130-15136. United State of America papers. MS.15137. West Indies papers MSS.15138-15139. Business account books. MSS.15140-15151. Journals. MSS.15152-15169. Estate books. MSS.15170-15175. Drawings. MSS.15176-15180. Miscellany. MSS.15181-15186. Papers of Edward Ellice and Russell Ellice. MSS.15187-15195. Legal and other papers.

Other Finding Aids

A concordance of the interim and permanent reference numbers allocated to the collection has been prepared. To see a copy of the concordance follow the link under 'External Documents'.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 1973.

Related Materials

For charters and other formal documents, see Ch.12601-12763.

Separated Materials

For other letters of Edward Ellice (died 1863), see MS.15196.

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Repository Details

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

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