Francis Guillemard collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of correspondence by Guillemard to the geographer and meteorologist Hugh Robert Mill regarding work by Sir Clements Markham, (1830-1916).

Administrative / Biographical History

Francis Henry Hill Guillemard was born in 1852 in Eltham, Kent. He graduated with an MD degree from Caius College, Cambridge, but never practised medicine, choosing instead to travel extensively. In 1881, he served as a doctor in the first Boer War in South Africa, and between 1882 and 1884, participated in a zoological expedition in the yacht Marchesa, visiting New Guinea and most of the chief islands of the Malay Archipelago. He brought back large zoological collections from the voyage and published The cruise of the Marchesa in 1886. In 1887, he travelled to Cyprus to conduct zoological research, later initiating the Cyprus Exploration Fund and publishing work on the ornithology of Cyprus.

In 1888, he was elected the first reader in geography at Cambridge but resigned after holding the post for a year. In 1892, Guillemard accompanied Sir Charles Euan Smith on his mission to the court of Morocco. On his return, he settled in Cambridge where he served as geographical editor of the Cambridge University Press. He died in 1933 at Trumpington, Cambridge.

Published work The cruise of the Marchesa to Kamschatka and New Guinea, with notices of Formosa, Liu-Liu, and various islands of the Malay Archipelago by Francis Henry Hill Guillemard, John Murray London (1886) SPRI Library Shelf (50)91(08)[1882], The life of Ferdinand Magellan and the first circumnavigation of the globe, 1480-1521, by Francis Henry Hill Guillemard, George Philip and Son, London (1891) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Magellan, F.]


The correspondence 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Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN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 Who was who, 1929-1940, Adam & Charles Black, London (1947) and Francis Henry Hill Guillemard by Edward Heawood in The Geographical Journal (March 1934) volume 83 number 4 p350-352

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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