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MS 383 Papers of Gladys, Baroness Swaythling

Lady Swaythling

Gladys Helen Rachel Montagu, Baroness Swaythling, was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1879, the eldest daughter of Colonel Albert Edward Williamson Goldsmid, MVO, and Ida Stewart Beauclerk Hendricks. In 1898 she married Louis Montagu, who in 1911 succeeded as second Baron Swaythling. Lady Swaythling died in 1965.

About the collection

Personal and family papers: correspondence and papers of Lady Swaythling, 1879-1965; papers of the Goldsmid family, 1819-1959; correspondence, papers and diaries of Colonel Albert Edward Williamson Goldsmid, 1863-1929; correspondence and papers of the Montagu and Swaythling family, 1893-1964, including diplomatic passes to Samuel Montagu for travel, 1893-4, correspondence of Louis Montagu, later second Baron Swaythling, to his mother and brother, volumes of obituaries for the first Baron Swaythling, 1911, and second Baron Swaythling, 1927; scrapbook of Ethel Hendricks, 1882-1929 and notebooks and speeches and lectures of Lady Swaythling, 1893-1955.

Papers relating to Lady Swaythling’s voluntary and philanthropic work, 1907-62: including papers of the Electrical Association for Women, 1937-9; Ladies London Association, 1911-15; the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 1921-62; refugees, 1939-43; the First World War, 1915-19; the Wounded Allied Committee and Belgian refugees at Allington Manor, 1916-18, and the Wounded Allies Relief Fund, 1916-18.

Papers relating to social events, 1887-1960: invitations, programmes, menus and table plans, dinner books kept by Lady Swaythling, 1919-39, papers relating to the coronations of George V and George VI. 


Series of correspondence and papers, 1888-1962. Correspondence with individuals, including friends and acquaintances, “persons of distinction” in Japan, including Prince and Princess Chichibu and Prince Tokugawa, with Princess Clementine Napoleon, with members of the royal family and royal household.

A series of papers relating to the British Association for the Advancement of Science, broadside ballads, exhibition of Japanese dolls.


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42 boxes and 2 large volumes




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