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The Papers of Sir Frank Lascelles

Reference Code: GBR/0014/LASC

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of copies of personal papers from various stages in Lascelles's career, and other material relating to Lascelles, including: letters and diary from his posting to Paris [France] during the Franco-Prussian War and at the beginning and end of his position as Ambassador to Germany; the diary of his family's visit to Iran in 1892; press cuttings of obituaries for Lascelles.


  • Creation: 1870 - 1971


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Frank Lascelles was born on 23 March 1841, 5th son of William Saunders Sebright Lascelles, MP, and Caroline, eldest daughter of the 6th Earl of Carlisle. In 1867 he married Mary Emma (died 1897), eldest daughter of Sir Joseph F. Olliffe, Physician to the British Embassy, Paris [France]: they had one daughter, Florence, who married Sir Cecil Spring-Rice in 1904 (and two sons deceased).

Lascelles entered the Diplomatic Service in 1861, and his career included: 2nd Secretary Diplomatic Service (1871); Agent and Consul-General in Bulgaria (1879); Minister in Roumania [Romania] (1886); Minister in Persia [later Iran], (1891); Ambassador to Russia (1894); Ambassador to Germany (1895-1908).

Lascelles's honours included: GCB (1897); GCMG (1892 (KCMG 1886)); GCVO (1904); PC (1894).

He died on 2 January 1920.


1 archive box(es)

Language of Materials



LASC 5/1 and LASC 5/2 were amended to LASC 5 and LASC 6 at the time of cataloguing.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and at the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to Churchill Archives Centre by Lascelles's granddaughter, Lady Arthur, between 1987 and 1988.

Existence and Location of Originals

The original papers were retained by the depositor.

Related Materials

See also the papers of Sir Cecil Spring-Rice (CASR), Lascelles's son-in-law, at Churchill Archives Centre.

Related Materials

The Public Record Office/National Archives holds a large number of papers relating to Lascelles's career, in Foreign Office Private Office correspondence, 1874-1908 (FO 800/6-20).


This fonds (collection) level description and catalogue was prepared by Katharine Thomson of Churchill Archives Centre in June 2003, from an existing box list to the papers. Biographical information was obtained from Who's Who 1897-1996 (A&C Black).

Date information

DateText: The majority of folios date from 1870 to 1920.


Lascelles, Sir Frank Cavendish

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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