Percy Lyham Loraine papers, 1904-1960
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- Loraine, Percy Lyham, Sir, bart., 1880-1961
- Sir Percy Lyham Loraine (1880-1961), was the 12th Baronet of Kirk Harle, Northumberland, and a British diplomat. After joining the Diplomatic Service in 1904, Loraine was stationed in Istanbul, Turkey, for three years before transfer to Iran, Greece, Egypt, and other locations. The collection includes correspondence concerning diplomatic matters in Turkey and the surrounding area (1906-1909, 1929, 1935?, 1938) and a detailed narrative journal by Loraine relating to Egyptian activity on the Turkish border near Akaba (Aqabah), 1905-1906.
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The collection includes correspondence concerning diplomatic matters in Turkey and the surrounding area (1906-1909, 1929, 1935?, 1938). Chiefly letters to Percy Lyham Loraine from fellow diplomats including George Lloyd and Gerald Fitzmaurice, and some letters and drafts of letters from Loraine to colleagues in the foreign service. Also included is a detailed narrative journal by Loraine relating to Egyptian activity on the Turkish border near Akaba (Aqabah), 1905-1906. Letters from Loraine to his wife (1929, 1935? and 1938) include observations about Turkey, the Balkan Conference, Romania, Germany, Austria, Japan, Churchill, and Ataturk's illness.
The "Roma" notebook, dated 1904-1960, is a hand-bound vellum volume inscribed to Loraine from "Valerie." This item was acquired separately from the remainder of the collection and includes some recorded entries and collected sayings by Loraine over a period of several decades in the mid-twentieth century.
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Sir Percy Lyham Loraine (1880-1961), was the 12th Baronet of Kirk Harle, Northumberland, and a British diplomat. After joining the Diplomatic Service in 1904, Loraine was stationed in Istanbul, Turkey, for three years before transfer to Persia and other locations.
Loraine's diplomatic appointments: Date Event 1921-1926 British Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Iran 1926-1929 British Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Greece 1929-1933 British High Commissioner to Egypt and Sudan 1933-1939 British Ambassador to Turkey 1939-1940 British Ambassador to Italy
- Acquisition information:
The Percy Lyham Loraine Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1998.
Addition 2022-0022 ("Roma" notebook) was acquired as a purchase from John Atkins in 2022.
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Processed by Danielle Moore, June 2010
Encoded by Danielle Moore, June 2010
Accession 1998-0004 is described in this finding aid.
Updated by Meghan Lyon to include accession 2022-0022 in Sept. 2022.
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- Diplomatic and consular service, British
Diplomats -- Great Britain
- Fitzmaurice, Gerald Henry, 1865-1939
Loraine, Percy Lyham, Sir, bart., 1880-1961
Lloyd of Dolobran, George, Baron, 1879-1941
Spring Rice, Cecil, Sir, 1859-1918
- Middle East -- History -- 20th century
Turkey -- Foreign relations -- Egypt
Turkey -- History -- 20th century
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 20th century
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