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Aberystwyth University
Gilbert Redvers Heathcote Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0982 GRH

Held at: Aberystwyth University

Title: Gilbert Redvers Heathcote Papers

Short Title: Gilbert Redvers Heathcote Papers

Creation date(s): 1878-1941

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 0.0014 cubic metres

Name of creator(s): Sir Gilbert Redvers Heathcote and Lady Mabel Heathcote


Administrative/Biographical history: Sir Gilbert Redvers Heathcote Bart. was born on 25 December 1854. He joined the 90th Regiment of the Perthshire Light Infantry in 1875 (the 90th amalgamated with the 26th Cameronian Regiment in 1881 to form The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)), acheiving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and participating in the British military campaigns against the Kaffirs and Zulus in Africa. In 1891, Heathcote married his first wife, Pauline, and the following year he retired. Sadly, his wife died in 1897. He re-married, to Mabel, in 1901. During retirement, he held the office of JP in Hampshire, and was High Sheriff of the county in 1927. He died on 6 November 1937.


Scope and content/abstract: The papers include a volume of letters transcribed by Mabel Heathcote in 1941, from those originally written by her husband, Lt. Gilbert Redvers Heathcote, to his family during the Kaffir and Zulu wars, 1878-1879. These transcripts are accompanied by a sketchbook containing original drawings by Lt. Gilbert Redvers Heathcote, mainly of military scenes in Africa, 1879.


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Conditions governing access: The papers may be consulted through application to Information Services, Hugh Owen Library, University of Wales Aberystwyth, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3DZ, Tel: 01970 622399, Fax: 01970 622404, E-mail:

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Basic finding aid available at Hugh Owen Library, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Language codes: eng


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: The papers were originally presented to the Depot of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) via General Sir Eric [Sidwood?]. They were then subsequently donated to the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, by General [Sidwood?] in April 1942.


Related material: Battalion War Diaries of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) are to be found in the Public Record Office, Kew, London. Material relating to the 90th Perthshire Light Infantry and the Cameronians is held at the Low Parks Museum, Hamilton, Scotland.


Note: Description compiled by Rhian Phillips, Archives Hub project archivist, with reference to Who Was Who, 1929-1940, (London: Adam and Charles Black, 1941).

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Prior to 16-11-2004

South Africa | History | Frontier Wars, 1811-1878
Zulu War, 1879

Personal names
Heathcote , Gilbert Redvers , 1854-1937 , Baronet
Heathcote , Mabel , [alive 1901-1941]

Corporate names
Great Britain | Army. | Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Great Britain | Army. | Perthshire Light Infantry

South Africa ()

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