The collection comprises of correspondence by Willingham Franklin to, by or about his brother the Arctic explorer John Franklin.
Willingham Franklin collection
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 15 Willingham Franklin
- Dates of Creation1812-1823
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (50 leaves)
Scope and Content
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
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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]
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Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.
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