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Political and personal correspondence and papers of Priscilla Buchan, Baroness Tweedsmuir of Belhelvie, including some papers of John Buchan, 2nd Baron Tweedsmuir.

Identifier: Acc.11884/1-359

Scope and Contents

These papers provide a very full and extensive record of the political and public career of Lady Tweedsmuir, particularly of Scottish politics from 1945 to 1974, and of foreign policy in the early 1970s in her areas of responsibility as Minister of State, for example, the 'Cod War' dispute with Iceland. Business papers include some relating to her directorship of the transatlantic Cunard Line, and the construction and launching of RMS ‘Queen Elizabeth 2’. Some papers of Lord Tweedsmuir, relating to their joint activities, are also included in this collection.


  • Creation: Circa 1911-circa 1998.

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Normal access conditions apply.

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Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.


359 Consultation units

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Custodial History

These papers were formerly classified as Dep. 337 (now Acc.11884/1-257); and Accs.9059A (now Acc.11884/332-351), 10931 (Acc.11884/262-281), 11227 (Acc.11884/282-306), 11294 (Acc.11884/307-316, 356-359), 11415 (Acc.11884/317-322), and 11514 (Acc.11884/323-329). All former numbering and references have been superseded, but a concordance of old and new numbers is on file.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 2000, Lady Susan Douglas-Hamilton, North Berwick, now The Lady Selkirk of Douglas.

Related Materials

Acc.11628. Correspondence and papers of John Norman Stuart Buchan, 2nd Baron Tweedsmuir.

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