Robert Fitzroy: Correspondence

Scope and Content

[1-54] Letters from Fitzroy to his father, his brother George Fitzroy and his sisters Emily Fitzroy and Frances Rice Trevor, 1816-1843. Many of the letters were written from ships (H.M.S. Glendower, Hind, Thetis, Ganges and Beagle) and ports of call in the Mediterranean and South America. They include long descriptions of topography, local events and peoples, naval matters and the progress of the survey.

[55-70] Correspondence of Fitzroy, his aunt Frances Anne, the Marchioness of Londonderry, and his brother-in-law Lord Dynevor, 1852, concerning Lady Londonderry's unsuccessful adoption of Fitzroy's daughter Emily after the death of Fitzroy's first wife.

[71-75] Miscellanea, undated letters and covers.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Fitzroy (1805-65), vice-admiral, hydrographer and meteorologist, second son of Lord Charles Fitzroy (1764-1829) and Frances Anne, ne Stewart (d. 1810), daughter of the 1st Marquess of Londonderry. Fitzroy served on several ships in the Mediterranean and South America. He was promoted in 1828 to command of H.M.S. Beagle, and was employed on the survey of Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and the Straits of Magellan. A second survey voyage, 1831-1836, included Charles Darwin as naturalist. Fitzroy's sister Frances (1803-1878) married George Rice Trevor (1795-1869), who succeeded as 4th Lord Dynevor in 1852.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1991.


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

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