Diary of John Roberts, Assistant Harbour-Master

Scope and Content

A diary that faithfully records the vagaries of wind and weather and is a mine of information on the comings and goings of vessels of all kinds. Local events of all kinds, not merely maritime ones, receive mention : a visit by the French ex-Royal Family in August 1855, meetings of the gas committee in Holyhead, social engagements and electioneering dramas.

John Roberts has a laconic style which serves to emphasise the dramatic element in his day-to-day reportage of events.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Roberts was the Assistant Harbour-Master at Holyhead, Anglesey. He served under Commander (later Captain) Skinner and Commander (later Captain) Priest.


Incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts

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Open to all users.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Mr H. L. Pace of Helston, Cornwall, formerly of Holyhead.


Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, December 2002.

Other Finding Aids

A typescript catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference number: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 25773

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Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

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