Book sale at The Sir Duncan Rice Library- starts February 10

The Library Service will soon be holding a sale of books that have been withdrawn from library stock. These are books that are duplicates of items in our collection or donations that are not required.

The sale will be held on Floor 1 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library for one week, from Monday February 10 until Sunday February 16.

From Monday 10/2 to Wednesday 12/2 inclusive, the sale will only be available to University of Aberdeen students and staff. Please show your University ID card at purchase.

The sale will not start until 9 a.m. each day and 11 a.m. on Sunday, once staff begin work at the Information Centre on Floor 1 of The Sir Duncan Rice Library. You will not be able to purchase any books before the above times.

The cost of the books will be:

  • Hardback – 50 pence
  • Paperback – 25 pence
  • Cash till only – no cards.

There will be books available from across a whole range of subjects, and at those prices it is certainly worth coming and having a look to see what bargains you may be able to get.

The adventures of George Hamilton-Gordon, 6th Earl of Aberdeen

Family seat at Haddo House, Aberdeeshire

Gordon’s family seat at Haddo House,     Aberdeeshire

A big thank you to James Youle, Senior Information Assistant in the Library, who has gifted an item to Special Collections. The item is an account of the adventures of George Hamilton-Gordon, 6th Earl of Aberdeen (1841-1870). The account originally appeared in the Banffshire Journal in 1871, and was re-printed as a pamphlet in 1934 for circulation amongst members of the family. It is based on the report of the Commissioner who visited America for the purpose of collecting evidence of Lord Aberdeen’s death without issue to enable his younger brother John to succeed him as 7th Earl.

Gordon had succeeded to the title on the death of his father, the 5th Earl, in 1864, but in January 1866 sailed to the United States, assumed the name of George H. Osborne, and for the next four years followed a sea-faring life. His travels from his base in America took him all around the world, either as a member of the crew on board different vessels or as a traveller, including the Canary Islands, the Bahamas, Mexico, Spain and Barbados. After an initial posting as an ordinary seaman on board the R. Wylie to the Canary Islands, he studied navigation at the British Nautical College in Boston for four months in his efforts to gain a post as First Officer in the merchant navy, and was registered as an Approved Shipmaster by the Shipmasters’ Association in 1868. He later was appointed Captain of the schooner Walton from December 1868-October 1869 transporting goods to different ports across America but drowned in January 1870 while serving as first mate on the schooner Hera of Boston, six days into a voyage to Australia and China.

Andrew MacGregor
Deputy Archivist
andrew.macgregor@abdn.ac.uk

 

Kathleen Kennedy and William Cavendish: A wartime wedding of two dynasties

Ed.- James Youle has been a Senior Information Assistant with University of Aberdeen libraries since 2007. He has a particular interest in twentieth century British art and photography. He tries to find images that offer an insight into the human being and regularly offers photographs to the National Portrait Gallery.

I recently donated two photographs to The National Portrait Gallery. They depict the 6th May 1944 wedding of William “Billy” Cavendish and Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy. Kathleen had arrived in London in 1938 as the daughter of American Ambassador Joseph P Kennedy and had quickly fallen in love with London and England, and later with Billy. In July 1943 she had written to her brother “Jack” (later President) Kennedy:

“I have just returned from a day and a half spent in the country with Billy at Eastbourne… For 24 hours I forgot all about the war… Billy is just the same, a bit older, a bit more ducal, but we get on as well as ever.”

The Marquess of Hartington, as Billy was titled, is dressed in his Coldstream Guards uniform, and the new Marchioness is in pink with a posy of pink camellias brought from Chatsworth in Derbyshire that very morning. Both look happy, but the path to the altar had been fraught. Billy was a Protestant and heir to the Duke of Devonshire. The American Kennedy family were Catholic, and Kathleen’s parents Joseph and Rose were particularly unhappy at the union. Only her brother Lieutenant Joseph Kennedy Jr attended, along with Billy’s family.

Kathleen wrote of Joe in 1944, “Moral courage he had in abundance… in every way he was the perfect brother…”.

Tragically both Joe and Billy died in 1944 on active service, Joe in Suffolk and Billy in Belgium. Kathleen was devastated but made a life for herself with the support of the Duke and Duchess, but in May 1948 she also died tragically. Rose Kennedy in her autobiography wrote of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire:

“They said how much they had loved Kathleen, and how grateful they had been to her because of the happiness she had brought to their son Billy. The Duchess suggested the epitaph ‘Joy she gave, and joy she has’.”

Kathleen was buried at Chatsworth.

James Youle
Senior Information Assistant
j.youle@abdn.ac.uk

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The two photographs donated by James can be viewed here on the National Portrait Gallery website.

Eds. Several books about the Kennedy family are available in the Library collections. Here are some suggestions if you are interested in reading more:

Dallek, R. (c.2003) An unfinished life : John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963. Boston [Mass.] ; London : Little Brown.
Shelfmark 973.922 Ken D (Floor 3, The Sir Duncan Rice Library)

Kennedy, R.F. (1974) Times to remember : an autobiography. London : Collins.
Shelfmark 973.9 Ken (Floor 3, The Sir Duncan Rice Library)

Schwarz, T. (c.2003) Joseph P. Kennedy : the mogul, the mob, the statesman, and the making of an American myth. Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons.
Shelfmark 973.9 Ken S (Floor 3, The Sir Duncan Rice Library)

£50K FirstGroup boost for the New Library

The new library is in the news again with an announcement of a donation by FirstGroup. The UK’s largest bus and rail operator has provided £50k worth of funding for the creation of a quiet study area on the third floor.

Read more here.

Elaine Shallcross (e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk)