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PEPYS, Samuel


Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4640

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives

Title: PEPYS, Samuel

Date(s): 1669

Level of description: collection

Extent: 0.01 linear metres

Name of creator(s): Pepys | Samuel | 1633-1703 | naval official and diarist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Samuel Pepys was born in 1633 in London. His father was a tailor, but had good family connections including a landed uncle in Huntingdonshire and an aunt with an advantageous marriage. Pepys attended Saint Paul's School and Cambridge, after which he became the private secretary of his cousin Edward Mountagu (later the Earl of Sandwich). In 1659 he began his 30 years of service to the Navy when Mountagu was made general at sea. In 1660 Pepys was given a job at the Navy Board, and was part of the group sent to bring Charles II back to England to begin his reign. In the same year he began his diary, which has made him famous and which provides an insight into the life and customs of his day, as well as giving accounts of major events such as the plague and the Great Fire of London in 1666. Pepys ended the diary in 1669, concerned that his eyesight was failing. His career continued to be successful, and he became Secretary to the Admiralty Commission in 1672. He died in 1703 and was buried at Saint Olave, Hart Street.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from Samuel Pepys to Edward Gregory, Clerk of the Cheque at Chatham.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

1 item

Conditions governing access:

Available only with advance notice and at the discretion of the LMA Director.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright is held by the City of London

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Detailed catalogue


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Transferred from the City of London in May 2013


DESCRIPTION NOTES Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Added June 2013

Naval administration

Personal names
Pepys | Samuel | 1633-1703 | naval official and diarist

Corporate names