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Sir James Bucknall Bucknall Estcourt and family collection [textual record (microform), cartographic material (microform), graphic material]. 

Collection consists of



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

4 microfilm reels : negative and positive.
277 drawings pencil, pen and ink, watercolour.
7 watercolours watercolour, gouache, pencil, wash, watercolour over pencil.
2 prints lithograph.

Scope and content

Collection consists of microfilmed correspondence and papers of J.B.B. Estcourt recording his activities with the joint British-American Commission to trace the Northeast Boundary between Canada and the United States, 1842-1854, microfilm reels A-724 to A-726. Most of the personal correspondence is to his father and his brother Edward, while the official correspondence is to Henry Unwin Addington. Included are printed copies of Parliamentary papers, such as Estcourt's correspondence with Lord Aberdeen, the Commission report and maps, plus newspaper clippings and Estcourt's diary for 1843-1844. Two letters to Thomas Henry Sutton Southeron Estcourt, 1842 and 1844, and one letter to Admiral Southeron, 1835, from Dawson Turner, all concerning publication of James Wolfe's letters; letterbook of Captain Frank Southeron while in command in H.M.S. Fury, H.M.S. Romney, and H.M.S. Latona, 1793-1799, microfilm reel A-1611. The collection also contains works of art, primarily by Caroline Bucknall Bucknall Estcourt or James Bucknall Bucknall Estcourt, depicting scenes relating to Canada, England, and Bucknall's work as the Maine-New Brunswick Boundary Commissioner, [ca. 1830]-1850.

Textual records: microform
Graphic (art)
90: Open
Documents must be consulted under close
supervision for conservation reasons.
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel A-724
95: Open, no copying
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel A-726
95: Open, no copying
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel A-725
95: Open, no copying
Textual records: microform
Microfilm reel A-1611
95: Open, no copying
Textual records: microform
96: Restrictions vary
Microfilm reel
from A-724 to A-726
from A-1611/X1 to A-1611/X2
95: Open, no copying
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Art: No restrictions. Copyright expired. Crown copyright on reproductions of art. Credit: National Archives of Canada.
Textual records: Not to be reproduced in any form without the written permission of the Gloucestershire Record Office.

Textual records The finding aid is a listing of correspondence and papers relating to the Joint British and American Commission for tracing the North-east Boundary between Canada and the United States. MSS0691 90 (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

James Bucknall Bucknall Estcourt, army officer and surveyor; born July 12 in London, second son of Thomas Grimstone Bucknall Estcourt, MP, and Eleonoranor Sutton; married there 15 August 1837 Caroline Pole Carew; they had no children; died June 24 near Sevastopol (U.S.S.R.).

Topographical painter. Educated at Harrow. Entered British army as ensign in 44th Regt. 1820, but transferred to 43rd Monmouthshire Light Infantry 1821. Promoted to lieutenant 1824, captain 1825, major 1836, and lieutenant-colonel 1839. He distinguished himself during the Euphrates Expedition in 1835-1836, and came to Canada in 1938. Served on garrison duty in Canada 1838-9 and 1843-6. Executed views in Canada, mainly of Niagara, Montreal, Quebec, and St. Lawrence River region. He signed either with initials JBBE or with full name. Estcourt was appointed British Commissioner for the Maine-New Brunswick Boundary survey of 1841-1844, and delivered a Parliamentary report in 1846. He was promoted major-general in December 1854.

Military, Painter, Topographer.

A photographic portrait of James B. Escourt taken by Roger Fenton in the Crimea in 1855, shortly before Estcourt's death as a result of cholera, is part of the Kirkland Album (acc. no. 1985-70).

Additional information

Microfilm was received in 1967 and 1985. Other items were received in 1934, 1959, 1979 and 1985.

Availability of other formats note
:all works have been photographed.

Location of originals note
Textual Records: Originals are held by the Gloucestershire Record Office, Gloucester, England, Southeron-Estcourt collection.

Subject heading

1. Boundary disputes - Maps, 1843-1844 Great Britain . Treaties, etc. United States, 1842 Aug. 9.
2. Northeastern States - Boundaries - Canada, 1842-1854 Fury (Ship), [1793-1799]
3. Canada - Boundaries - Northeastern States, 1842-1854 Romney (Ship), [1793-1799]
4. Northeast boundary of the United States, 1842-1854 Latona (Ship), [1793-1799]
5. Edward Estcourt - Correspondence, [18- ]
6. Henry Unwin Addington - Correspondence, [18- ]
7. James Wolfe - Correspondence, [18- ]
8. John Campbell Gordon, Marquis of Aberdeen and Temair - Correspondence, 1843-1844.
9. Captain Frank Southeron - Correspondence, 1793-1799.
10. Admiral Southeron - Correspondence, 1835.
11. Dawson Turner - Correspondence, 1835.
12. J.B.B. (James Bucknall Bucknall) Estcourt - Correspondence, 1842-1854.
13. J.B.B. (James Bucknall Bucknall) Estcourt - Diaries, 1843-1844.
14. Thomas Henry Sutton Southeron Estcourt - Correspondence, 1842-1844.


Other system control no.

Related control no.

1. 1934-419 PIC
2. 1934-420 PIC
3. 1950-029 PIC
4. 1979-021 PIC
5. 1988-022 PIC