Sir Graham Moore: Diaries

Scope and Content

[1] Commonplace book of verse and prose, c.1784, with interleaves: pen and wash drawing of the house 'Heathery Haugh'; offprint of Robert Burns's last poem, sent by A.B. to The Phenix [sic]; and an epitaph on the late Duke of Hamilton.

[2-34] Journals, 1784-1843: 1784-86, with commonplace notes, verse and prose at the end; 1786-88, possibly a re-used French deed; 1789-92; 1792-93; 1793; 1793-94; 1794-95; 1795-96; 1796-97, with two designs for sword blades by William Lock and a letter from William James to Lady Moore (1844); 1797-98; 1798-99; 1799-1800; 1800-01; 1801-03; 1803-04, with a sketch and the poem 'On two Surrey dames'; 1804-06; 1806-07; 1807-08; 1808, with a drawing of a wooden monument to Sir John Moore erected at Corunna, and the air 'The momory of Moore' (words); 1808-09, with a 'Charade a la facon de Rio Janeiro'; 1809-10, with the printed ode 'On the death of Sir John Moore' by J.B.; 1810-13; 1813-14; 1814-19, with a note of men killed and wounded in English ships, including the Queen Charlotte and the Impregnable; 1819-21; 1821; 1821-23; 1823; 1823-25, with a letter from William Moore to Lady Moore; 1825-28, with a photograph of a house (possibly Brook Farm, Cobham, Surrey) and a MS map of Navarin, Greece, with naval engagement sketched in; 1828-32; 1832-40; and 1840-43, with a 'Sketch of St. Jean D'Acre with the attack made by the Allied Fleet' (1840), 'An attempt to delineate the character of Sr. Gr. be written at the end of the last volume of his Journal' (1843), and 'Lines by Lynewode [Gardiner] on the death of Sir Graham Moore' (1844).

[35] Biographical and bibliographical material on Moore: photocopy of Sir Robert Gardiner, Memoir of Admiral Sir Graham Moore, 1844; offprint from an unnamed journal, 'The mutiny in the fleet at Spithead April, 1797. Being extracts from the journals of the late Admiral Sir Graham Moore'; T.E.C. Walker's article, 'The diary of Admiral Sir Graham Moore of Brook Farm, Cobham', and typescript; and correspondence on Moore's diaries between Archie McMillan, Patrick Flood and Sir Mark Heath (1985).

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Graham Moore (1764-1843), younger brother of Sir John Moore, entered the Navy in 1777. He was a lieutenant in Lord Howe's fleet at the relief of Gibraltar in 1782, and was made a commander of ships in 1790, operating in the North Sea, off the French and Irish coasts, and in the Gulf of Mexico, 1790-1801. During 1804 Moore captured a Spanish treasure fleet off Cadiz in H.M.S. Indefatigable, and in 1807-1808 he escorted the Portuguese royal family to Brazil in the H.M.S. Marlborough. Moore was made in Rear-admiral in 1812, commanding in the Baltic and Mediterranean, 1812-14; Lord of the Admiralty, 1815-19; Vice-admiral, 1819; commander-in-chief in the Mediterranean, 1820-23; Admiral, 1837; and commander-in-chief at Plymouth, 1839-42.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1995.


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

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