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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA M'Crae
M'CRAE, Col Sir George (1860-1928)
Created 1913, 1916, 1920, 1922, 1926
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1860; entered Town Council of Edinburgh, 1889; elected City Treasurer, 1891; Chairman of Finance Committee, 1891-1899; MP, East Edinburgh, 1899-1909; Vice-President and Chairman of the Local Government Board for Scotland, 1909; commanded 16 Royal Scots, 1916; Chairman, Scottish Board of Health, 1919-1922; died in 1928. Surname alternatively spelt as McCrae.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1975.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Circular to Territorial Force Association, Edinburgh concerning his proposals to the Secretary of State for War for encouraging recruitment to the Territorial Force, Nov 1913. Papers and photographs relating to his service with the Royal Scots, 1916, 1920, 1922, 1926, principally comprising his report on the failure of the attack on the German line at Longueval by 16 Royal ScotsRegt during the first Battle of the Somme, 3-4 Aug 1916, dated 8 Aug 1916; associated correspondence, notably a confidential letter to Commander, 3 Corps from Maj Gen L Nicholson, Commanding 34 Div, giving his assessment of the incident, 18 Aug 1916.

System of arrangement

1 file

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material
Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and detailed catalogue available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives
Related units of description

British Library of Political and Economic Science, London University holds press cuttings and papers,1901-1909 (Ref: Coll misc 567)

Publication note
British Library of Political and Economic Science, London University holds press cuttings and papers, 1901-1909 (Ref: Coll misc 567)


Compiled Mar 1997

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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  • Armed forces
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Nicholson, Sir, Cecil Lothian, 1865-1933, Knight, Major General

Corporate names

  • British Army
  • British Territorial Army
  • German Army


  • Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
  • London, England
  • Longueval, France
  • Somme, river, France

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