Willingham Franklin collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence by Willingham Franklin to, by or about his brother the Arctic explorer John Franklin.

Administrative / Biographical History

Willingham Franklin was born in 1780 at Spilsby, Lincolnshire, son of Willingham and Hannah Franklin and brother of the Arctic explorer, John Franklin. He was educated at Westminster School and Oxford University, later becoming a fellow of Oriel College. He was knighted and appointed puisne judge of the Supreme Court in Madras in 1822. He died of cholera in May 1824 at Madras.


The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient

Access Information

By appointment.

Some materials deposited at the Institute are NOT owned by the Institute. In such cases the archivist will advise about any requirements imposed by the owner. These may include seeking permission to read, extended closure, or other specific conditions.


Anyone wishing to consult material should ensure they note the entire MS reference and the name of the originator.

The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the author has signed the item.

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Arctic, exploration and development c500 BC to 1915, an encyclopaedia by Clive Holland, Garland Publishing, London (1994) and Exploring Polar Frontiers, a historical encyclopaedia by William Mills, San Diego and Oxford, 2003 and John Franklin traveller on undiscovered seas by John Wilson, XYZ Publishing Montreal (2001) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Franklin, John] andThe fate of Franklin the life and mysterious death of the most heroic of Arctic explorers by Roderic Owen, Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd. London (1978) SRPI Library Shelf 92[Franklin]

Other Finding Aids

Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.

Additional finding aids are available at the Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

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Further accessions possible