Letters to Lady Wester Wemyss, 1922 - 1926
Scope and Contents
Written from Wemyss Castle in Fife, New Club in Edinburgh, The Corner House in Gullane, the House of Lords, 94 Piccadilly, the Naval & Military Club, 28 Half Moon Street, the Royal Automobile Club and the Beefsteak Club in London, Dorney Wood in Buckinghamshire and the Travellers' Club in Paris.
Subjects include the prospect of peace in Ireland, Sir Winston Churchill's comments shortly before the deaths of Arthur Griffith and Michael Collins, Wemyss being advised not to invest any money in France because of fears of defaults on the part of Germany, the response of the British press to the death of Michael Collins, the quality of George Curzon 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston as a replacement for David Lloyd George, the death of Wemyss' sister Mary Frances Paget née Erskine-Wemyss and the grief of her husband Captain Cecil Stratford Paget, Wemyss' search for lodgings in London, Wemyss' work on his book 'The Navy in the Dardanelles Campaign', the illness, death, funeral and memorial service of Helena Augusta Victoria Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, Wemyss' part in the unveiling of the First World War memorial at Kirkcaldy, the 1926 General Strike and the Anglo-Persian Oil Company [later BP].
Includes mention of Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg "Ena" Queen Consort of Spain, the Hon. Bertrand George Sackville-West "Bertie", Admiral Sir Lionel Halsey, Marie Carola Franciska Roselyne, Princess Louise Duchess of Argyll, Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein, Clementine Ogilvy Spencer-Churchill [later Baroness Spencer-Churchill of Chartwell], A.J. Cook and Andrew Weir 1st Baron Inverforth. A large number of the letters are written on mourning paper. Also in the file, two newspaper cuttings relating to Wemyss' part in the unveiling of the First World War memorial at Kirkcaldy.
- 1922 - 1926
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- From the Fonds: Wemyss, Rosslyn Erskine, 1864 - 1933 (1st Baron Wester Wemyss, Admiral of the Fleet) (Person)
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