George Maclaren: Naval journals

Scope and Content

Two journals of Maclaren's service in the Royal Navy, providing detailed descriptions of the places he visited, with comments on his medical work as an assistant surgeon and a regular record of temperatures. The first journal describes Maclaren's period in the East Indies, December 1831 - June 1835, ending with his orders to join the West Indies squadron. The second journal describes his service in the West Indies and on North American stations, July 1835- September 1837.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Maclaren (fl. 1810-1837) was a naval surgeon with the Royal Navy during the 1830s. Between 1831 and 1835 he served on board HMS Magicienne in the East Indies. On his return to Portsmouth in March 1835, he qualified as a full surgeon and travelled to Belfast and then Edinburgh to visit his family. He served on the brig-sloop HMS Serpent in the West Indies and North American stations, 1835-1837, during which time his ship was engaged principally in the suppression of the Spanish slave trade in the waters around Cuba.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased at auction, Stride & Son, 6 October 1998.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

There is a detailed description of the collection in the Additional Manuscripts Catalogue, available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.