Patrick Keohane collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of journals written by Keohane during the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott).

Administrative / Biographical History

Patrick Keohane was born in County Cork, Ireland in 1879. He enlisted in the Royal Navy, reaching the rank of petty officer when he joined the British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 (leader Robert Falcon Scott).

Taking part in many sledging journeys; he was a member of the support party that accompanied the polar party as far as the upper depot on the Beardmore Glacier in December 1911. Keohane remained at Cape Evans for a second winter, and was a member of the search party, led by Edward Atkinson, that found and buried the bodies of Scott, Wilson and Bowers in November 1912.

On retiring from the Navy, he returned to Ireland where he died on 30 August 1950.


The collection is arranged chronologically.

Access Information

By appointment.

Some materials deposited at the Institute are NOT owned by the Institute. In such cases the archivist will advise about any requirements imposed by the owner. These may include seeking permission to read, extended closure, or other specific conditions.


Anyone wishing to consult material should ensure they note the entire MS reference and the name of the originator.

The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the author has signed the item.

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034 and Encyclopaedia of Antarctica and the Southern Oceans ed. Bernard Stonehouse, John Wiley & Sons Chichester (2002) ISBN 0471986658 SPRI Library (7) and Scott of the Antarctic by Elspeth Huxley, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London (1977) SPRI Library Shelf 92[Scott, R.F.]

Other Finding Aids

Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.

Additional finding aids are available at the Institute.

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