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Papers of Robert John Graham Boothby, Baron Boothby, including correspondence, typescripts, manuscripts, newspaper cuttings and speeches.

Identifier: Acc.12929/1-82

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the correspondence, papers, literary manuscripts, political writings, news clippings, and miscellaneous items, ca. 1881-1999, of Baron Robert “Bob” John Graham Boothby (1900-1986), with a few items having belonged to his father Sir Robert Tuite Boothby (1871–1941), and some collected by his wife, the Lady Wanda Boothby (1933?- ). The bulk of this collection spans from 1924, when Baron Boothby was first elected to Parliament as a representative for East Aberdeenshire, until his death in 1986. While a large portion of this collection can be attributed to being created through Baron Boothby’s political career, a significant amount is also of a more personal nature and reflects the parts of Baron Boothby’s life which were not politically motivated.


  • Creation: 1855-1999.

Conditions Governing Access

Normal access conditions apply.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.


3.00 Linear metres

Language of Materials



The collection has been divided into the following 6 series: Correspondence; manuscript journal; speeches, articles, memorials, transcripts, and book reviews; drafts of books; printed books; miscellaneous; and newspaper cuttings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 2008, The Lady Boothby, through Christies, London.

National Library of Scotland Catalogue of Manuscripts
National Library of Scotland
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared Using Local Descriptive Rules
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Repository Details

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

Archives and Manuscript Division
National Library of Scotland
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Edinburgh EH1 1EJ
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