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Personal and literary papers and correspondence of Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor, with some personal papers and correspondence of Joan Leigh Fermor.

Identifier: Acc.13338/1-687

Scope and Contents

The archive consists of extensive correspondence from fans, friends and associates, including the poet Sir John Betjeman, painter Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika, and Leigh Fermor's principal publisher John 'Jock' Murray. There are also literary manuscripts and typescripts, often with numerous annotations and revisions, diaries, notebooks, photographs, articles and research papers concerning most aspects of his and Joan's life, work and interests, including wide-ranging material on the war, in particular the resistance movement in Crete.


  • Creation: 1818-2011, undated.


Language of Materials

In English and Greek. Other languages may also be present.

Conditions Governing Access

Normal access conditions apply.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions. Permission to publish should be sought from the rights holders which include the Patrick Leigh Fermor estate and Joan Leigh Fermor estate.


50.00 Linear metres

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought, 2012, from the estate of Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor with funds from the John R. Murray Charitable Trust.

Related Materials

The National Library of Scotland also holds the Joan Leigh Fermor photographic collection (Acc.13179), the papers of Leigh Fermor's friend Alexander 'Xan' Wallace Fielding (Acc.13327) and the archives of Leigh Fermor's principal publisher John Murray (Acc.12927 and Acc.14349).

See also Acc.13609, Acc.13610, Acc.13611, Acc.13623, Acc.13664, Acc.14552.

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

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