Marquess docs catalogued by Welsh students

Aberystwyth University students working on a  cataloguing project concerning the 2nd Marquess of Bute,
Aberystwyth University students working on a cataloguing project concerning the 2nd Marquess of Bute,

A group of Welsh university students have been delving into the history of one of Bute’s most prominent historical figures.

Twenty students from the information, management, libraries, and archives department at Aberystwyth University are cataloguing and preserving the correspondence of the 2nd Marquess of Bute, John Crichton-Stuart , who lived from 1793 - 1848.

The students are currently making a trove of letters from the Mount Stuart Trust of the early industrialist accessible to the public.

The 2nd Marquess held estates across Britain, including County Durham and Glamorganshire.

His principal role in building the Cardiff Docks and the development of the iron and coal industries in south Wales earned him the title “the creator of modern Cardiff”.

Dr Sarah Higgins, lecturer at Aberystwyth University, thanked Mount Stuart for supplying the documents.

She said: “The 2nd Marquess of Bute is a key figure in the industrial development of Wales and I’m delighted the Mount Stuart Trust has given students at a Welsh university the opportunity to preserve and catalogue his correspondence.”

During the course of the programme, students have discovered items that offer insight into the life of the Marquess during the 1800s, such as a box of enormous passports for various European countries, plans for a proposed railway line in Scotland, and small colourful notebooks detailing kitchen inventories.

Mount Stuart Trust archivist Lynsey Nairn added:“We are delighted to be working with the students and the university for this project.

“It is very fitting to have a collection of papers – with significant Welsh connections – catalogued by students of a Welsh university.”