CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 2561
TitleGeorge Hamilton Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen: correspondence
Date1827 - 1854
Extent10 items (0.01 linear metres)
Administrative HistoryGeorge Gordon was born in 1784 and was educated at Harrow and Cambridge. He was orphaned young and his guardians were William Pitt (1759-1806) and Henry Dundas (1742-1811), both powerful politicians. He inherited the title of Earl of Aberdeen from his grandfather in 1801 and improved the Haddo estate by planting vast numbers of trees. His main interest, however, was politics. He had already been elected a Scottish representative peer in the House of Lords, and after gaining experience in negotiation and international affairs following the end of the Napoleonic Wars, he became Foreign Secretary in 1828 and again in 1841. In the intervening period he had served as Secretary for War and the Colonies from 1834 to 1835. He became Prime Minister in 1853 but he resigned as a consequence of the Crimean War in 1857. He was married twice and had several sons by his second wife. He died in 1860.
SourceThe documents were purchased by the library from E. Hall between 1959 and 1966.
DescriptionTen letters written by the Earl or his family, relating to personal, political and estate matters: letter from G. Wright regarding leasing of farms, building and repairs, 1827;
letter from Earl of Aberdeen to the Commissioner of Police containing a character reference on behalf of a servant, 1830;
letter from P. A. Ramsay concerning legal affairs of Lord Aberdeen and the Marquis of Abercorn, 1832;
letter from Earl of Aberdeen arranging meeting, 1837;
letter from Earl of Aberdeen to Captain James Scott regarding request to appoint Scott's son to the attacheship at Frankfurt, 1846;
letter from Earl of Aberdeen to Mr. Drummond arranging visit, 1848;
letter from Earl of Aberdeen to J. Hay regarding making of picture frame, 1848;
letter from Earl of Aberdeen, sent from Downing Street, to the Lord Provost of Edinburgh regarding copy of report containing observations on the Education (Scotland) Bill, 1854; copy of printed notice, signed by Earl of Aberdeen, for the anniversary election of the president, council and officers of the Society of Antiquaries of London, not dated; letter from Lord Haddo (son of 4th Earl of Aberdeen) to G. B. Tyndale, not dated.
AppraisalThis material has been appraised in line with normal procedures.
AccrualsNone expected.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Physical DescriptionNo physical conditions affecting use of collection.
Related MaterialMS 2009 - letter from George Hamilton Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, to Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, regarding appointment of Aberdeen clergymen to vacant King's chaplaincy, dated 9 January 1820.

MS 2562 - John Campbell Gordon, 7th Earl of Aberdeen, 1st Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair: correspondence.
Finding AidsPreliminary list also in deposit file at University of Aberdeen, Special Libraries and Archives.
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