The collection comprises of correspondence by Beardmore to the geographer and meteorologist Hugh Robert Mill regarding the Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton.
William Beardmore collection
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 15 William Beardmore
- Dates of Creation1922
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (1 leaf)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
William Beardmore was born on 16 October 1856 at Greenwich, London. He was educated at the Royal Technical College, Glasgow, and at the Royal School of Mines, South Kensington, before serving his apprenticeship at his father's Parkhead Forge in Glasgow. On the death of his father in 1879, he became a partner in his engineering business and later founded William Beardmore & Company, a firm of naval ship builders and armour plate manufacturers based in Glasgow.
After employing the explorer Ernest Henry Shackleton as his personal assistant in 1906, Beardmore acted as guarantor for Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909. Shackleton named the Beardmore Glacier after him. In 1914, Beardmore was created a baronet and in 1921 raised to the peerage as Baron Invernairn of Strathnairn. He severed his connection with the firm in the late 1920s, and the shipyard was acquired by National Shipbuilders' Security Limited in 1930. He died on 9 April 1936 at Flichity, Scotland.
The correspondence is arranged chronologically.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Dictionary of National Biography, 1931-1940, Oxford University Press London (1950) and Who was who, 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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