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Research papers of James Steuart, 1827-1938 (mostly 1931-1938)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/L11/2

Scope and Contents

Papers relating to James Steuart's research into the history of Jardine, Matheson & Co. There are many letters (including copies), addressed mostly to Stuart, and including some groupings by subject matter. The correspondents include John M. Aitken, C.E. Anton, Evelyn Banbury, B.D.F. Beith, J.J. Bell-Irving, D.G.M. Bernard, H. Bowring, F.H. Bulkeley-Johnson, V. Bulkeley-Johnson, W. Cruickshank, W.J. Gresson, Marion Keswick, David Landale, L.N. Leefe, Rudolph Lowe, C.L. Magniac, Hugh Matheson, William McKie, R.W. Morris, A. Douglas Murray, Alfred Brooke Smith, Geraldine Webber, B.R. Whittall, Hugh Whittall, James Whittall, J.B.K. Whittall, M.D. Whittall and S. Whittall.

The remaining material includes many manuscript and typescript notes, containing mainly biographical information on members of the firm and their families, and including sets of papers on the Beale and Magniac families. The other items, which include some early original material, include a printed petition from Mrs Rachel Johnstone, otherwise Jardine, widow of David Jardine of Muirhousehead, to the Lords of Council and Session to appoint James Jardine to be factor loco tutoris to her children, 20 December 1827, and a printed petition from James Jardine, farmer at Chipknow, to the same, applying to resign his appointment as factor on the grounds of ill health, 2 June 1828; two typescript copies of an undated letter from Francis Magniac to Daniel Beale; an envelope containing two copies of the address by the commanders and officers of the Honorable East India Company Service to William Jardine, November 1833; borrowing slips for library books; newscuttings; and an envelope containing printed black and white copies of pictures of Sir R.W.B. Jardine, S.S. 'Lamont' (2), and the clipper 'Cairngorm' (2).


  • 1827-1938 (mostly 1931-1938)

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is subject to special conditions and is at the discretion of Matheson & Co. Ltd, part of the Jardine Matheson Group. A statement of the conditions and an application form are available in the Manuscripts Reading Room. Printed copies of the form are available by post (please contact the University Library). An electronic version can also be found at

Records described in the catalogue as being in a bad condition are in a fragile state that precludes them being made available to readers.

Access to some records may be restricted under the terms of the Data Protection Act, 1998.


1 envelope(s) (1 envelope)

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