Sir Robert Hugh Kennedy Papers

Scope and Content

Military papers of Sir Robert Hugh Kennedy. These primarily relate to the his participation inthe Peninsular Wars and the campaigns in southern France during the Napoleonic Wars. There are also financial papers and correspondence from the earlier and latter periods of his career..

Administrative / Biographical History

Correspondence and papers of (Sir) Robert Hugh Kennedy (1772-1840). Kennedy was AssistantCommissary-General of H.M. Forces on the Continent, Deputy Commissary-General, and from June 1810,Commissary-General during the Peninsular War.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for consultation by any accredited reader.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by the John Rylands Library from the London bookseller H.M. Fletcher in April 1962.


Description compiled by Jo Klett, project archivist.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued in the Hand-List of the Collection of EnglishManuscripts in the John Rylands Library, 1952-1970 (English MSS 1308-1309).

Related Material

The Library also holds the papers of General Sir Henry Clinton (1771-1829) and his brotherGeneral Sir William Henry Clinton (1769-1846); these relate to the Napoleonic wars, in particularthe Peninsular campaign, 1808-13.

Papers of Sir Robert Hugh Kennedy are held at the following other repositories:

  • British Library, Manuscript Collections: correspondence with the Earl of Liverpool, 1815-19(ref.: GB 0058 Add MSS 38261-76 passim );
  • National Library of Scotland, Manuscript Collections: letters from quartermasters general,1811-13 (ref.: GB 0233 MSS 15337-39 );
  • Southampton University Library: copy letter books, correspondence, registers and accountsrelating to service in Commissariat Department, 1793-1831 (ref.: GB 0738MS 271 ).