Collection MS 369 - Baxter family wills and related papers

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MS 369


Baxter family wills and related papers


  • 1917-2014 (Creation)

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1 folder

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Biographical history

Sir George Washington Baxter (1853-1926) was the second son of William Edward Baxter (1825-1890), Liberal MP for Montrose Burghs from 1855 until 1885. W. E. Baxter was the nephew of the textile baron Sir David Baxter, and of Mary Ann Baxter, the founder of University College, Dundee. Sir George was a key figure in the family textile firm, Baxter Brothers, as well as being a prominent Liberal Unionist and President of University College. He married Edith Fagan, who was also a notable Unionist politician in the years after the Great War. On his death the bulk of his estate passed to his nephew, Colonel George Lewis Baxter DSO (1883-1962), second son of his older brother Edward Armitstead Baxter and Isobel Scott-Elliot. In December 1933 George L. Baxter married Mrs Jeanette Elizabeth Edith Grizel Don (b. 1894) - known as Grizel - the second daughter of Brigadier General William Douglas of Brigton, who had been divorced from her husband Captain William Gilbert Don a few days earlier. Their only child, a daughter, was killed in a riding accident in 1948 at the age of 12. Major Hebert Home Baxter (1885-1932) was the younger brother of George Lewis Baxter. Their cousin was Captain Walter Travers Scott-Elliot, Labour MP for Accrington 1945-1950, who was murdered in 1977 by his butler, the serial killer Archibald Hall.

Archival history

The items were held by Mrs Knorr, who stated her late mother-in-law's mother had been married to George W. Baxter as her second husband (However it seems probable she meant George L. Baxter and her late husband was the grandson of Grizel Don)

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Papers relating to estates of Sir George Washington Baxter, Lady Edith Baxter and Herbert Home Baxter, 1929-1938; Papers relating to estate of Miss Louisa Isobel Scott Elliot, 1935-1938; Papers relating to George Lewis Baxter,1931-1948; Papers relating to Jeanette Elizabeth Edith Grizel Baxter or Don (Nee Douglas), 1917-1934; Correspondence relating to records 2012-2014


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Usually chronological within series.

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Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

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Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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* MS 11 and MS 67
* MS 67; MS 11

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MS 369

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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