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The Papers of Sir William and Margaret Malkin

Reference Code: GBR/0014/MALK

Scope and Contents

Papers comprising correspondence, official documents, memorabilia, press cuttings and photographs


  • Creation: 1892 - 1970

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

(Herbert) William Malkin was born on 17 April 1883, the son of H. C. Malkin. He was educated at Charterhouse and Trinity College, Cambridge. He married Margaret Burnet Morris in 1913.

He was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple, 1907. He joined the Foreign Office in 1911 and was Assistant Legal Adviser, 1914-25; Second Legal Adviser, 1925-9; and Senior Legal Adviser, 1929-45.

He died in an aeroplane crash when returning from Montreal in Canada on 3-4 July 1945.

He was created CMG, 1918; CB, 1923; KCMG, 1930; and GCMG, 1937.

Margaret Burnet Morris was born in Dulwich on 24 July 1887, the daughter of Reginald Burnet Morris. She was educated at Miss Geach's Preparatory School, South Kensington, and Roedean School. She married William Malkin in 1913.

The young couple lived first at Coleherne Court, South Kensington, and then, from 1919, at the Barton, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire. Margaret Malkin was active in social welfare work, as Honorary Secretary of the Infant Welfare Centre, 1924-39, and as a councillor on Eton Rural District Council, 1931-46. She was a member of the local committee of the National Council of Women of Great Britain and, during the Second World War, was head of the Gerrards Cross branch of the Women's Voluntary Service. She was also a keen amateur artist. After the death of her husband in 1945, she continued to live at Gerrards Cross and at Corrybrough, the highland estate William Malkin inherited from his father at Tomatin, Invernessshire.


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Other Finding Aids

Copies of this catalogue are available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were given to Churchill Archives Centre by Dr Michael Matthews and transferred via the Foreign Office, March 2007.


The collection was catalogued by Sophie Bridges, June 2007. Biographical information was obtained from William Malkin's obituary in "The Times" online and from Margaret Malkin's biographical notes (reference: MALK 9).

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Repository Details

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