Sir John Hay: Letter Book as Captain of HMS Columbine

Scope and Content

Letters and documents: Sir Thomas Cochrane's 'standing instructions for H.M. ships stationed at the Ports of India and China', 1845; printed proclamation by Sir Henry Pottinger, 1843, on the Supplementary Treaty between Britain and China, 1843; letters from John Norman Campbell (Captain), Samuel H. Inglefield (Commander in Chief, Madras), Sir James H. Plumridge (Commander of First Class), T.H. Layton (British consul, Amoy), and Frederick E. Johnstone (Commander), giving instructions to Hay on crew, sailing orders, improving the gunnery range of the H.M.S. Columbine, and the suppression of piracy; and a translation of a letter from Seu, Lieutenant Governor of Fukien.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir John Charles Dalrymple Hay (1821-1912), 3rd baronet, entered the Royal Navy in 1834 and was promoted to Commander in 1845. He commanded squadrons which destroyed pirate fleets in Bias Bay and Tonquin River, China, 1849, and was promoted to Admiral in 1878. Hay was M.P. for Wakefield, 1862-65, Stamford, 1866-80, and Wigtown Burghs, 1880-85.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1994.


Former title of collection Sir John Hay: Letter Book as Captain of the H.M.S. Columbine, South China Seas.

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

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J.C.D. Hay, The suppression of piracy in the China Sea, 1849, London, 1889.