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Kingsmill, Admiral Sir Robert Brice (1730-1805)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 KIN

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Kingsmill, Admiral Sir Robert Brice (1730-1805)

Date(s): [1783-1800]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 11 vols

Name of creator(s): Kingsmill | Sir | Robert Brice | 1730-1805 | Knight | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Brice was made lieutenant in 1756, commander in 1761, captain in 1762 and served in the West Indies until 1764. In 1766 he changed his name to Kingsmill when his wife received an inheritance. In 1778 he took part in the action off Ushant but declined to serve again until the fall of Lord Sandwich's administration at the Admiralty. He sat for Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, 1779 to 1780. He was appointed in 1783 to the ELIZABETH which served as a guardship until 1786. From 1784 until 1790 he was Member of Parliament for Tregony, Cornwall. Kingsmill was promoted to rear-admiral in 1793 and was appointed Commander-in-Chief on the Cork Station in the SWIFTSURE and POLYPHEMUS, during which time he had to contend with the French invasion of Ireland, 1797. He held this post until 1800 and was promoted to admiral in 1799.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Robert Brice Kingsmill. Apart from the log of the ELIZABETH, 1783 to 1786, the collection consists of ten letter and order books, 1793 to 1800.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were purchased in 1932 by Sir James Caird.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Sep 2011.

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: 2010-08-26

Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences
Ships logs | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources

Personal names
Kingsmill | Sir | Robert Brice | 1730-1805 | Knight | Admiral

Corporate names
HMS Elizabeth
Royal Navy