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Personal and political papers of John McDiarmid Airlie with printed papers and photographs of Robert McGregor Airlie and some printed songbooks and music.

Identifier: Acc.13203

Scope and Contents

Personal and political papers, 1899-1953, of John McDiarmid Airlie (1886-19), Labour Councillor and Parliamentary candidate to Ayr Burghs, related to his involvement in the Trade Union and Labour movement.

The collection includes some interesting correspondence from Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald (1866-1937) and from Labour Ministers of Fuel and Power Hugh Gaitskell (1906-1963) and Philip Noel-Baker, Baron Noel-Baker (1889-1982). It also includes some printed papers and photographs, 1932-1953, relating to the work of Airlie`s son Robert McGregor Airlie, engineer with Edinburgh Water Board, and a collection of songbooks and printed music, c. 1900-1960, probably belonging to John Airlie’s mother.


  • Creation: 1899-1960.

Conditions Governing Access

Normal access conditions apply.


0.12 Linear metres (1 box and 1 outsize file)

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The papers are mostly in good condition, although the printed songbooks and music present some signs of deterioration.

Other Finding Aids

An inventory is available.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

PresentedSeptember 201013 September 2010


All the material has been retained.

Separated Materials

See Acc. 11566

National Library of Scotland Catalogue of Manuscripts
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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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