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Anstruther, Ian


Biographical Note

Ian Fife Campbell Anstruther was born May 11, 1922, in England, but was raised in Argyll, Scotland. He was educated at Eton and at New College, Oxford. He served in the British Army Signal Corps during World War II and, later, joined the British Diplomatic Service and was stationed in Washington, DC. In 1956 he purchased the Barlavington estate in Sussex, which consisted of 3,000 acres of land. Four years later, he inherited an estate in South Kensington from his aunt. During this time, Anstruther began pursuing a career as a writer, focusing on 19th-century social and literary history. He became a benefactor for the London Library, where he did much of his research, and was elected a vice-president of the Library. In 2002, he became the eighth baronet of Balcaskie and the thirteenth baronet of Anstruther. Anstruther died on July 29, 2007.


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Ian Anstruther papers


Ian Anstruther was a British diplomat and writer, who focused on 19th-century social and literary history. These papers consist of typescripts for his book about English poet Coventry Patmore, Coventry Patmore's Angel: A Study of Coventry Patmore, His Wife Emily and "The Angel in the House" (1992), and limited correspondence with literary scholars concerning Patmore.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research.

Dates: circa 1991-1993