The collection comprises of correspondence by Probyn to Robert Falcon Scott and Michael Barne regarding the Antarctic and non polar matters.
Sir Dighton Probyn collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Sir Dighton Probyn
- Dates of Creation1906-1910
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (10 leaves)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Dighton Macnaghten Probyn was born on 21 January 1833. Entering the army in 1849, he served in India and China, rising to the rank of general in 1888. He served as equerry to the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, from 1872 until 1877, when he was appointed comptroller and treasurer. Between 1901 and 1910, he was keeper of the Privy Purse and extra equerry to King Edward VII, after which he served as comptroller to Queen Alexandra and extra equerry to King George V. Throughout his career, he received numerous honours, including the Victoria Cross in 1857, and a knighthood in 1887. Retiring from the office of governor of Wellington College in 1919, he died on 20 June 1924.
The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events by Robert Keith Headland (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034 and Who was who, 1916-1928, Adam & Charles Black, London (1947)
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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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