The Sir John Newell Jordan Collection features a Despatch Book which was presented to Sir John by his staff when he retired at the Peking Legation. The Despatch Book (1906-1920) contains selected Foreign Office correspondence from the archives which recorded Sir John’s work as Minister at the Peking Legation. The Collection also consists of correspondence and manuscripts on decorations & honours, letters of appointments, probate and estate documents, personal documents, and a few of Lady Annie Howe Jordan’s records, spanning from the years 1891-1941. The Collection contains 104 items with over 500 images.
The Right Hon. Sir John Newell Jordan (1852-1925), KCB (1909), GCIE (1911), PC (1915), GCMG (1920), was born at Balloo, County Down in Ireland. He served as the British Minister at Peking from 1906-1920, Chinese Secretary to the British Legation at Peking 1891-1898, Consul General and Minister Resident at the Court of Korea 1898-1906, British representative on the opium advisory committee at Geneva. He was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, and then at Queen’s College, Belfast. Sir John Jordan was the recipient of the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws of the University of Hong Kong in 1920.
All images in the Collection are contributed by Mr. Adam Jordan except for a few which are shared by the North Down Museum.