Scott, family correspondence

Scope and Content

CORRESPONDENCE to PARENTS [All letters are to Hannah unless otherwise stated]

  • MS 1160/7/3;MJ Letter to John, 24 to 25 January [1889] [Amphion, written from the vicinity of Las Palmas] microfilm
  • MS 1542/3/1;D Letter to John, 24 to 25 January 1890 [Amphion] 3 leaves
  • MS 1160/5;MJ Letters (circa 80), 1896 to 1911 [Empress of India, 1896, Majestic, 1889, 12 from Discovery, 1901-1904 Victorious, 1906 Albemarle, 1907, Essex, 1908 and 6 during the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913] microfilm
  • MS 1542/4/1;D Letter 21 October 1896 [Empress of India, general news] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/4/2;D Letter [October 1896] [Empress of India, family news, plans for Christmas]
  • MS 1542/4/3;D Letter 8 November 1896 [Empress of India, news of the ship, hopes of promotion] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/4/4;D Letter 22 November 1896 [Empress of India] 3 leaves
  • MS 1542/4/5;D Letter [1897] [Empress of India] 2 leaves
  • MS 1452/5/1;D Letter [1899] [Majestic]
  • MS 1302/1;D Letter 23 May [no year] [Majestic] holograph
  • MS 1542/5/2;D Letter 30 May 1899 [Majestic]
  • MS 1542/5/3;D Letter 22 August 1899 [Majestic]
  • MS 1542/5/4;D Letter 17 September 1899 [Majestic]
  • MS 1542/5/5;D Letter 15 October 1899 [Majestic]
  • MS 1542/5/6;D Letter 22 October 1899 [Majestic] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/5/7;D Letter 28 October [1899] [Majestic, Acting Commander]
  • MS 1542/5/8;D Letter 21 November 1899 [Majestic]
  • MS 1542/5/9;D Letter 21 July 1900 [Majestic, in Queenstown] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/6/2;D Letter 16 August 1901 [Discovery] 3 leaves
  • MS 1542/6/3;D Letter 18 December 1901 [Discovery, Lyttelton]
  • MS 1542/8/1;D Letter 24 February 1903 [Discovery] 6 leaves
  • MS 1542/8/2;D Letter 28 March 1904 [Discovery, Auckland Island]
  • MS 1542/8/3;D Letter 25 April 1904 [Government House, Wellington] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/8/4;D Letter 12 May 1904 [From Christchurch, New Zealand] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/8/5;D Letter 7 June 1904 [From Christchurch, New Zealand, eve of leaving for Falkland Islands] 3 leaves
  • MS 1542/8/6;D Letter, 30 June 1904 [Discovery] 3 leaves
  • MS 1542/8/7;D Letter, 18 July 1904 [Written during British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904]
  • MS 1542/8/8;D Letter, September 1904 [Describing time at Balmoral with Royal family, Prime Minister] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/8/9-11;D Letters (3), November 1904 [Written from Edinburgh, Newcastle and Hull during his lecture tour] 3 leaves
  • MS 1542/8/12;D Letter 6 April 1905 [Written from Sussex]
  • MS 1542/8/13;D Letter 24 April 1905 [Written in Chelsea]
  • MS 1542/8/14;D Letter 3 May 1905 [Written in Sheringham]
  • MS 1542/8/15;D Letter 6 May 1905 [Written in Sheringham]
  • MS 1542/8/16;D Letter 25 September 1905, 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/9/1;D Letter 21 October 1906 [Victorious] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/9/2;D Letter 28 October 1906 [Victorious describing battle practice] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/9/3;D Letter 11 November 1906 [Victorious describing trip to Majorca, visit by Sir Clements Markham] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/9/4;D Letter 12 November 1906 [Victorious]
  • MS 1542/9/5;D Letter 18 November 1906 [Victorious regarding return to Albemarle] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/9/6;D Letter 11 December 1906 [Victorious regarding Britannia]
  • MS 1542/10/1;D Letter 2 February 1907 [Albemarle regarding expedition colleagues]
  • MS 1542/10/2;D Letter 20 February 1907 [Albemarle describing collision with Commonwealth] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/10/3;D Letter 29 February 1907 [Albemarle regarding collision and royal news] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/10/4;D Letter 16 March 1907 [Albemarle regarding visit by Princess of Wales] 3 leaves
  • MS 1542/10/5;D Letter 22 March 1907 [Albemarle]
  • MS 1542/10/6;D Letter 25 March 1907 [Albemarle regarding collision, no court martial] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/10/7;D Letter 29 March 1907 [Albemarle regarding Michael Barne and proposed expedition]
  • MS 1542/10/8;D Letter 6 April 1907 [Albemarle regarding tests and presents for Sir Clements Markham] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/10/9;D Letter 17 April 1907 [Albemarle regarding latest voyage]
  • MS 1542/10/10;D Letter 22 April 1907 [Albemarle]
  • MS 1542/10/11;D Letter 28 May 1907 [Albemarle regarding Howard de Walden and trial sledges with Skelton's assistance]
  • MS 1542/10/12;D Letter 6 June 1907 [Albemarle regarding accident on board the ship]
  • MS 1542/10/13;D Letter 18 June 1907 [Albemarle regarding eye operation, mining, court martial attended] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/10/14;D Letter 12 July 1907 [Albemarle] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/10/15;D Letter 29 July 1907 [Albemarle regarding a suicide] 4 leaves
  • MS 1542/10/16;D Letter 4 August 1907 [Albemarle]
  • MS 1542/10/17;D Letter 18 August 1907 [Albemarle] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/11/1;D Letter undated [Written from Naval Club, Portsmouth] Incomplete
  • MS 1542/11/2;D Letter 19 February 1908 [Essex]
  • MS 1542/11/4;D Letter 10 March 1908 [Written in Paris]
  • MS 1542/11/5;D Letter 29 March 1908 [Essex] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/11/6;D Letter 11 April 1908 [Essex regarding sudden death of Senior Engineer Lieutenant]
  • MS 1542/11/7;D Letter [April 1908] [Essex regarding sinking of Tiger after accident with Bewick]
  • MS 1542/11/8;D Letter[April 1908] [Essex regarding gunnery tests]
  • MS 1542/11/9;D Letter 10 May 1908 [Essex]
  • MS 1542/11/10;D Letter 12 May 1908 [Essex]
  • MS 1542/11/12;D Letter [May 1908] [Essex regarding new commander and 1st lieutenant]
  • MS 1542/11/13;D Letter [May 1908] [Essex]
  • MS 1542/11/14;D Letter 25 May 1908 [Essex regarding appointment to Bulwark]
  • MS 1542/11/15;D Letter [June] 1908 [Bulwark regarding proposed marriage to Kathleen Bruce] 2 leaves
  • MS 1542/11/16;D Letter 23 June 1908 [Bulwark]
  • MS 1542/11/17;D Letter 23 June 1908 [Bulwark regarding Kathleen Bruce, requesting Hannah's blessing]
  • MS 1542/11/18;D Letter [July] 1908 [Bulwark]
  • MS 1542/11/19;D Letter 29 November 1908 [Bulwark]
  • MS 1542/12/1;D Letter undated [Written from Simonstown upon Union-Castle Line RMS Saxon paper, regarding Kathleen and the wait for Terra Nova to arrive]
  • MS 1542/12/2;D Letter undated [Written from Simonstown upon British Antarctic Expedition paper, regarding Terra Nova, son Peter and possible meeting with Prime Minister]
  • MS 1542/12/3;D Letter 31 August 1910 [Short addendum to a letter by Kathleen]
  • MS 1542/12/4;D Letter 22 October 1910 [British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913]
  • MS 1542/12/5;D Letter 7 November 1910 [Written from Te Korata, New Zealand] 3 leaves
  • MS 1464/20/1-2;D Letter 25 January 1911, with extract from a letter to his mother, 22 August 1898 [Long letter containing news from the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913] 2 leaves, holograph and typed transcript
  • MS 1542/12/6;D Letter October 1911 [Written from winter quarters, prior to trek south]

CORRESPONDENCE to KATHLEEN

  • MS 1453/3;BJ Correspondence (circa 230 letters), 1907-1909 [These include a small number of letters to and from other correspondents, 1897-1909] 1 volume, holograph
  • MS 1464/21;D Letter to Kathleen Scott, 28 December [1910] to 24 January [1911] [Early stages of British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913] 27 leaves, typed transcript (carbon)
  • MS 963/5;D Letter, 10 May 1912 [Praising Edward Wilson] Extract in Edward T Wilson's hand

FAMILY CORRESPONDENCE

  • MS 1574/2/1;D Letter to Kitty Brownlow (Sister), 17 December 1901 [Discovery]
  • MS 1574/2/2;D Letter to Kitty Brownlow, 23 February 1903 [Written from winter quarters, British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904]
  • MS 1574/2/13;D Letter to Kitty Brownlow, 21 June [1908] [Bulwark, regarding his engagement to Kathleen Bruce]
  • MS 1574/2/21;D Letter to Kitty Brownlow, 30 October 1911 [Written from winter quarters, British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913, regarding family]
  • MS 1464/15/1-3;D Letters (5) to Rose and Erica Campbell (Sister and niece), 29 September 1901 to October 1911 [Brief letters of greeting, mainly from the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904] 5 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1160/15-16;MJ Letters (2) to Erica Campbell, 6 October 1911 [Written before his departure on the pole journey, British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913] microfilm
  • MS 1542/11/3;D Letter to Rose [Scott], 7 March 1908 [Written in Paris, regarding help received by Charcot to himself, Barne and Skelton]
  • MS 1160/15/1-2;MJ Letters (2) to Rose Campbell, 29 September [1910] and 8 October 1911 [Brief letters of greetings] microfilm
  • MS 1542/5/10;D Letter to Ettie Ellison-Macartney (Sister), [undated] [Majestic, regarding family business] Incomplete,
  • MS 1542/6/5;D Letter to Ettie Ellison-Macartney, 29 September 1901 [Discovery]
  • MS 1542/6/6;D Letter to Ettie Ellison-Macartney, 17 December 1901 [Discovery]
  • MS 1160/10/1-11;MJ Letters (11) to Ettie Ellison Macartney, 1901 to 1911 [Personal news from the two Antarctic expeditions, 1901 to 1904 and 1910 to 1913] microfilm
  • MS 1464/17/1-12;D Letters (12) to Ettie Ellison-Macartney, 23 February 1903 to October 1911 [Personal news, including news of the Antarctic expeditions of 1901-1904 and 1910-1913] 12 leaves, holograph
  • MS 1574/2/5;D Letter to Ettie Ellison-Macartney, 18 July 1904 [Written from the Falkland Islands, regarding Rose, family business and promotion]
  • MS 1574/2/6;D Letter to Ettie Ellison-Macartney, undated
  • MS 1474/2/7;D Letter to Ettie Ellison-Macartney, undated
  • MS 1574/2/9;D Letter to Ettie Ellison-Macartney, 21 March [1907] [Albemarle] 2 leaves
  • MS 1574/2/10;D Letter to Ettie Ellison-Macartney, 22 June 1907 [Albemarle]
  • MS 1574/2/11;D Letter to Ettie Ellison-Macartney, 11 January 1908 [Presumably to do with business matters] 2 leaves
  • MS 1574/2/16;D Letter to Ettie Ellison-Macartney, 19 August 1908 [Bulwark, regarding wedding arrangements]
  • MS 1574/2/18;D Letter to Ettie Ellison-Macartney, 20 January 1909 [Bulwark, regarding Kathleen's pregnancy]
  • MS 1542/6/1;D Letter to Esther and Phoebe Ellison-Macartney (Nieces) [undated] [Majestic, regarding being awarded the Victorian Order]
  • MS 1464/16;D Letter to Esther Ellison-Macartney, 10 November 1910 [Personal news and greetings to a child relative] holograph
  • MS 1542/11/11;D Letter to Phoebe Ellison-Macartney, 12 May 1908 [Essex, thanking here for a letter]
  • MS 1542/6/4;D Letter to William Ellison-Macartney (Brother-in-law), 28 September 1901 [Discovery]
  • MS 1574/2/4;D Letter to William Ellison-Macartney, 27 February 1904 [Discovery, congratulating him on birth of son, mention of previous winter]
  • MS 1464/18/1-3;D Letters (2) and a cablegram to William Ellison-Macartney, 8 April 1904 to 23 April 1908 [Regarding the second British Relief Expedition, 1903-1904 to the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904] 5 leaves, holograph letters, printed cablegram
  • MS 1160/11/1-8;MJ Letters (8) to the Ellison-Macartney family (nephews and nieces), 1910 to 1911 [Personal news] microfilm
  • MS 1574/2/3;D Letter to Grace (Monsie) Scott (Sister), 23 February 1903 [Written from winter quartets, British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904, short note]
  • MS 1574/2/8;D Letter to Grace Scott, 7 February [1907] [Written on board Albemarle]
  • MS 1574/2/19;D Letter to Grace Scott, 7 June 1910 [Regarding joining Terra Nova at Weymouth]
  • MS 1574/2/20;D Letter to Grace Scott, July 1910 [General matters]
  • MS 1574/2/12;D Letter to a sister (unnamed), 18 June 1908 [Written on board Bulwark, regarding his engagement to Kathleen Bruce]
  • MS 1574/2/14;D Letter [Probably to Ettie] undated [Written on board Bulwark]
  • MS 1457/2/15;D Letter to a sister (unnamed), 18 August 1908 [Written on board Bulwark]
  • MS 1574/2/17;D Letter to a sister [probably Monsie or Kitty], 20 August 1908 [Written on board Bulwark]

Administrative / Biographical History

The correspondence is split between letters to his parents (John and Hannah), his wife Kathleen and general family correspondence to his sisters and their families. The scope of the correspondence covers all aspects of Scott's life recounting his naval career, the two Antarctic expeditions and personal news.

Arrangement

The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

Alternative Form Available

MS 1160/5;MJ and MS 1160/7/3;MJ MS 1160/10/1-11;MJ, MS 1160/11/1-8;MJ MS 1160/15/1-2;MJ, MS 1160/16;MJ are copies.

Related Material

The Institute holds archival collections for John, Hannah, Kathleen and Rose Campbell, Ettie Ellison-Macartney, William Ellison-Macartney.

Additional Information

MS 1542/5/1-9;D have black edging on the letters themselves or the envelopes. Although no mention of him is made this is probably due to the death in 1898 of Scott's younger brother Archie.