Sir John Ardagh Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Privately printed diaries of travel, 1875-1886, in Italy, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Asia Minor, Caucasus, Russia, Egypt, Sudan, Palestine. Also three letters, March 1908, from Susan, Countess of Malmesbury (Ardagh's widow) to Sir William Everett.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir John Charles Ardagh (1840-1907) Knight Major General Diplomat

John Charles Ardagh was born in 1840 and educated at Trinity College, Dublin and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, from which he graduated in 1858. He reported on the defences of Constantinople in 1876 and served in Montenegro and Bulgaria. He was British Commissioner for the delimitation of the Turco-Greek frontier in 1881 and in charge of the Egyptian Intelligence department in 1882. He restored Alexandria after the bombardment and was present at the battles of Tel-el-Kebir (1882) and El Teb (1884). He was commandant at Cairo during the Khartoum relief expedition, 1884. He died in 1907.

Conditions Governing Access

Open

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Acquisition Information

Received in April 1972 with the papers of Sir William Everett

Archivist's Note

Fonds level description created by Clare Brown 10 Jun 1998 and revised by Debbie Usher 16 Sept 2009

Conditions Governing Use

No restrictions on copying or quotation other than statutory regulations and preservation concerns

Custodial History

In the possession of Sir William Everett

Related Material

In Other Repositories

The National Archives, Kew. PRO 30/40 Correspondence and papers 1862-1907

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