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Archive of Sir Evelyn Grant-Duff and his wife Edith


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The archive comprises documents, correspondence and photographs relating largely to Grant-Duff's career in the Diplomatic Service. It also includes albums of documents and photographs relating to Evelyn, Edith and other members of the Grant-Duff family.


  • Creation: 1866-1930


1.72 Linear metres (9 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark, e.g. MS. 14937/1]

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. 14937/1-9

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 14937, 16506


Archive of Sir Evelyn Monstuart Grant-Duff, diplomat, and his wife Edith, 1866-1930

Biographical / Historical

Evelyn Mountstuart Grant-Duff was born 9 October 1863, the 2nd son of the late Sir Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant-Duff (1829–1906), politician and author.

He entered the Foreign Office in 1888 and served in Rome, Tehran, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, and Berlin.

Grant-Duff was Secretary of Legation in Tehran 1903–1906 during the Persian Constitutional Revolution and British Envoy to the Swiss Confederation, 1913–1916.

Grant-Duff was appointed CMG in 1911 and knighted in 1916 on the termination of his mission in Berne. He died in September 1926.

In 1900 Grant-Duff and Edith Florence Bonham were married. Edith was the elder daughter of Sir George Bonham, 2nd Baronet, himself British Envoy to the Swiss Confederation, 1905–1909. Edith founded the Bread Bureau for Prisoners of War and the British Legation Red Cross Organisation through which British expatriates helped wounded French and British soldiers. She was appointed a Lady of Grace of the Order of St John of Jerusalem in 1916 and CBE in 1918 for her work. She died in 1937.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Richard Boyle, Jun 2018

Catalogue of the Archive of Sir Evelyn Grant-Duff and his wife Edith
Finding aid prepared by Emma Atkinson and Michael Hughes
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom