BURNABY, Col Frederick Gustavus (1842-1885)

Scope and Content

Papers relating to his life and career, 1842-1885, dated 1856-1885, principally comprising press cuttings, 1856, 1877, 1882, [1884] and obituaries, 1885. A ride to Khiva (Cassell and Co, London, 1876); On horseback through Asia Minor (Sampson Low and Co, London, 1877).

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1842; joined Royal Horse Guards Blue, 1859; travelled in Central and South America, [1862], Spain and Morocco, 1868, South Russia, 1870, Spain, 1874, and the Sudan, 1875; travelled in Asia Minor and Armenia, [1975-1977]; Col, 1881; commanded 3 Household Cavalry, 1881-1885; crossed English Channel in balloon, 1882; published A ride across the Channel (Sampson Low and Co, London, 1882); served in Egypt, 1882 and 1884-1885; killed in action in 1885. Publications: A ride to Khiva (Cassell and Co, London, 1876); On horseback through Asia Minor (Sampson Low and Co, London, 1877.


These papers make up section 4 of the Burnaby family papers. Sections 1-3 consist of the papers of his [nephew], Lt Col Hugo Beaumont Burnaby.

Access Information

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Acquisition Information

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1976.

Other Finding Aids

Summary guide available on-line at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/lhcma/top.htm, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Alternative Form Available

Bedfordshire Record Office holds photocopies some of the papers.

Separated Material

Department of Western Manuscripts, Bodleian Library, Oxford University holds his letters to Disraeli, 1876-1878.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.