The collection comprises of material created by both John Brown and later his son John Allen Brown regarding the Antarctic explorer James Weddell.
John Brown and John Allen Brown collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 John Brown and John Allen Brown
- Dates of Creation1839-1895
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionBiographical notes and correspondence (Circa 20 leaves)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
John Brown was born at Dover on 2 August 1797. In 1811 he was appointed midshipman a board Surrey captain Beadle later he sailed to the East Indies on Scaleby Castle captain Harrington. After returning from China, Brown became a wholesale goldsmith and diamond merchant. He retained his interest in exploration particularly in the Polar Regions as well as studying geology, mineralogy and geography. Brown was made a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Captain Kellett gave Brown's name to headlands on Prince Patrick Island during his voyage of 1853. Brown was a fried of the Antarctic explorer James Weddell and collected biographical material on him, which he wrote up in a biography. Brown died on 7 February 1861 leaving 3 sons and 2 daughters.
His son John Allen Brown continued to retain his fathers notes on Weddell and added to them information on portraits and other material regarding him.
The collection is arranged chronologically.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034 and The Gentleman's Magazine May 1861
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.
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