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Finding Aid for the George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney papers, 1769-1826 (bulk 1779-1787)
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney papers
    Date (bulk): 1769-1826 (bulk 1779-1787)
    Collection number: 595
    Creator: Macartney, George Macartney, Earl, 1737-1806.
    Extent: 4 boxes (2 linear ft; 236 items)
    Abstract: George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney (1737-1806), was a British diplomatist and colonial governor. Collection consists of papers and correspondence related to Macartney's governorship in Madras under the British East India Company from 1781-1786. The collection consists of approximately 236 items, including correspondence with Hyder Ally, Tippoo Sultan, Sir Eyre Coote, George Staunton, and Anthony Sadlier, and other various documents.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition


    Processing Note

    Processed by Rajashree Mazumder, with assistance from Elizabeth Sheehan,in the Center For Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), Spring 2007.
    Upon receipt (date unknown) collection was minimally processed. Collection was reprocessed at the item-level in the Center for Primary Research and Training in 2007.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney papers (Collection 595). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 2221094 


    Macartney, George, Earl of Macartney (1737-1806), a British statesman, colonial administrator and diplomat, was born in Ireland on May 3, 1737 to George Macartney (d. 1779) and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1755). He studied at Trinity College, Dublin, from 1750 to 1754 and received his MA in 1759. Via influential connections, Macartney was appointed envoy to Russia on October 4, 1764 and was knighted on October 19, 1764. He continued his diplomatic and governmental career with posts in Ireland as Chief secretary, Governor of Madras (1781-1796), an appointment as the first envoy of Britain to China (1793), and the governorship of the Cape (1796-1798). Macartney died on May 31, 1806.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence and other various documents related to the governorship of George Macartney, Earl of Macartney, in Madras, India (1781-1786).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Macartney, George Macartney, Earl, 1737-1806 --Archives.
    Diplomats--Great Britain--Archival resources.
    East India Company.