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The Papers of Sir Malcolm Robertson

Reference Code: GBR/0014/RBTN

Scope and Contents

Collection includes a copy of Robertson's autobiography, ca. 1945; correspondence with his mother and wife, 1900-1946; papers relating to Robertson's Foreign Office career; speeches and articles; and papers relating to later aspects of Robertson's career.


  • Creation: 1797 - 1947


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 holder(s) and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Robertson was born in 1877 and educated at Marlborough. He entered the Foreign Office as a Clerk in 1898, serving as the 3rd Secretary Diplomatic Service, Berlin, 1903-4; 2nd Secretary Peking, 1905; Madrid, 1907; Chargé d’Affaires, Bucharest, 1910-11; 1st Secretary, 1912; Chargé d’Affaires, Montevideo, 1912-13; Rio de Janeiro, 1913-15; 1st Secretary, Washington, 1915-18; Hague, 1918-19; Counsellor of Embassy and Deputy British High Commissioner on Inter-Allied Rhineland High Commission, 1919; British High Commissioner on same High Commission, 1920-21; Minister Plenipotentiary, 1921; HM Agent and Consul-General at Tangier, 1921-25; Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, Buenos Aires, 1925-27; and Ambassador, 1927-29. He retired in 1930.

He subsequently served as the Conservative MP for the Mitcham Division of Surrey, 1940-45; and as Chairman of the British Council, 1941-45.

He died in April 1951.


29 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were presented to Churchill Archives Centre by Robertson's grandchildren in October 1993, while a larger accession was deposited at Churchill Archives Centre in 2020.

Related Materials

Churchill Archives Centre also holds Robertson's day files as wartime Chairman of the British Council (reference Churchill Archives Centre, GBR/0014/BRCO)


This collection (fonds) level description was prepared by Andrew Riley of Churchill Archives Centre in July 2003; the full catalogue was done by Katharine Thomson in January-February 2022.


Robertson, Malcolm Arnold, 1877-1951, Knight, Civil Servant, MP


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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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