Hannay Papers

Scope and Content

Letters to David Hannay from various correspondents.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Hannay was born in London, the son of the novelist and critic James Hannay. He was an historian and journalist and was vice-consul at Barcelona, probably during 1897. He helped found the Navy Record Society. He wrote for the 'Pall Mall Gazette', the 'Saturday Review' and 'St James's Gazette'. His published works included the lives of Admiral Blake, Tobias Smollett, and Frederick Marryat; a short history of the Royal Navy; and a work on the great chartered companies.


The papers have been catalogued onto Calm remotely from a handlist, so the actual physical letters will not be labelled with Ref Nos.

Access Information


The papers are available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material, after the completion of a Reader's Undertaking.

Acquisition Information

Given to the Library in 1962 by the Hannay family through Professor Peter Foote of the Scandinavian Department, whose wife is a granddaughter of David Hannay.

Other Finding Aids

A detailed handlist and index is available. Please contact special collections for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

Related Material

University College London Special Collections also holds a diary, 1875-1880, of David Hannay among diaries and notebooks of James Hannay, 1852-1880 (Ref: MS ADD 331), and other miscellaneous papers of James Hannay (Ref: MS MISC 3C, 3H, 3T).

Other letters of David Hannay are held at University of London (Library - Senate House) and Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London. For further details see the National Register of Archives.