Papers of Frederick William Migeod

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.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Material purchased from Kegan Paul Publishers in 1954.

Other Finding Aids

Unpublished handlist

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish, please contact Archives & Special Collections, SOAS Library in the first instance