Migeod, Frederick William Hugh

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises notebooks and other manuscript material of Frederick Migeod, relating to West Africa. Topics covered include natural history and botany in addition to language materials.

Administrative / Biographical History

Frederick William Hugh Migeod was born 9 August 1872 in Chislehurst, Kent. Educated at Folkestone he joined the Royal Navy Pay Department in 1889. In 1900 he began service with the Colonial Civil Service and was stationed in the Gold Coast until 1919. He then began a series of expeditions to Lake Chad, Cameroon, Sierra Leone and twice crossed equatorial Africa. From 1925-1927 and again in 1929 and 1931 he led a British Museum East Africa expedition to excavate dinosaur bones. Following his return to England he became a local councillor and Alderman in Worthing and was Chairman of the British Union for Abolition of Vivisection. He married Madeleine Marguerite Adrienne Charlotte Banks in 1925. He died on 8 July 1952.

Frederick Migeod's publications include The Languages of West Africa (1913), A Grammar of the Hausa Language (1914), Across Equatorial Africa (1923), Through Nigeria and Lake Chad (1924) and Through British Cameroons (1925).


The material is arranged in chronological order.

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Material purchased from Kegan Paul Publishers in 1954.


Material is in Arabic, Hausa and Fanti in addition to English.

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished handlist

Separated Material

Associated material held elsewhere: Papers relating to West Africa (1898-1934), Cambridge University Library: Royal Commonwealth Society Library [see MSS Catalogue, 1975]; Papers relating mainly to travel in West Africa (1902-1928), Royal Geographical Society [See: Guide]

Conditions Governing Use

No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance

Related Material

Related Collections at SOAS: SOAS Library holds copies of Frederick Migeod's publications.

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