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Malcolm, Admiral Sir Pulteney (1768-1838)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 MAL/101-106

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Malcolm, Admiral Sir Pulteney (1768-1838)

Date(s): 1804-1815

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 6 vols

Name of creator(s): Malcolm | Sir | Pulteney | 1768-1838 | Knight | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Pulteney Malcolm, elder brother of Charles Malcolm, entered the Navy in 1778, became a lieutenant in 1783, a commander in 1794 and a captain later in the same year. From 1795 to 1803 he was in the East Indies. In 1804 he went out to the Mediterranean in the ROYAL SOVEREIGN and, after brief commands in the KENT and RENOWN, was appointed to the DONEGAL in 1805. In this ship he sailed with NELSON during the pursuit of the French Fleet to the West Indies and then joined the blockade of Cadiz. The DONEGAL was at Gibraltar when the battle of Trafalgar was fought and Malcolm hastened to the scene, arriving in time to capture the Spanish ship RAYO and assist with the prizes. He then went to the West Indies with Sir John Duckworth and took part in the battle of San Domingo, 1806. The DONEGAL was subsequently attached to the Channel Fleet and in 1808 convoyed troops to Portugal. In 1811 Malcolm was appointed to the ROYAL OAK, off Cherbourg. From 1812 to 1814 he was Captain of the Fleet Lord Keith, his uncle by marriage, being promoted to rear-admiral in 1813. In 1814 he took a squadron to America and served under Sir Alexander Cochrane (1758-1832) during the operations in the Chesapeake and New Orleans. During the 'Hundred Days' in 1815 he commanded a squadron in the North Sea and was then Commander-in-Chief at St. Helena from 1816 to 1817. He became a vice-admiral in 1821 and later held commands in the Mediterranean and the North Sea. He was promoted to admiral in 1838.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Pulteney Malcolm, consisting of official letterbooks, 1804 to 1810 and 1812 to 1817; a log, 1810 to 1813, which contains entries for the DONEGAL, the ROYAL OAK and Malcolm's log as Captain of the Fleet; a book of memoranda relating to actions in America, 1806, 1814 to 1815; a 'journal of events', May 1814 to May 1815, and a signal book.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were purchased in several instalments in 1961.


Related material:

There are further papers relating to Malcolm in the National Library of Scotland.


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

Napoleonic Wars (1800-1815) | Wars (events)
Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences
Naval operations | Military operations | Military engineering
Ships logs | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources

Personal names
Malcolm | Sir | Pulteney | 1768-1838 | Knight | Admiral

Corporate names
HMS Donegal
HMS Royal Oak
Royal Navy

North America