MC:P2/17 Papers on Dodds-Parker’s Uncle, Alec Wise, and his Family
Alexander Wise (1875–1973) was Dodds-Parker’s mother’s sister, and his wife, Hope Wrightson, was related to both of them. He spent most of his life serving in the Middle East, especially in Egypt, where he eventually retired there (amongst other things, he became Vice-President of the Turf Club in Cairo). He would have spent the rest of his life in Egypt, but after the Suez crisis of 1956, Wise and his wife, who were both by now in their 80s, were obliged to leave Egypt in a hurry, leaving much of their property and possessions behind (some of which they were able to recover, thanks to Dodds-Parker’s good offices). The Wises therefore settled in England, where they died in the early 1970s. These papers, given to Dodds-Parker by Wise near the end of his life, include many photographs, some 18th century papers on his ancestors, some notes, and an example of Arab needlework. Some other papers on Wise and his wife may be found at MC:P2/7/2C/7 and MC:P2/7/4C/15.
The collection of Dodds-Parker books includes some important books on the Wise family, namely:
James Wise, The Diary of a Medical Officer during the Great Indian Mutiny (Cork, 1894). [Wise was the grandfather of Mary Wise, Dodds-Parker’s mother.]
C. Rogers, Memorials of the Scottish Families of Strachan and Wise (Edinburgh, 1877)
This section of the catalogue is divided into the following series:
MC:P2/17/1L Papers relating to Wise’s Ancestors
MC:P2/17/2L Papers on Wise’s Honours
MC:P2/17/2MS Illustrated Journals of Hope Wise
MC:P2/17/1N Newspaper Cuttings
MC:P2/17/1X Example of Needlework
MC:P2/17/2C Papers on Thomas Alexander Wise (1802–1889)
MC:P2/17/3MS Papers on Sir Fredric Wise (1871–1928)
Return here to the introduction to this catalogue.