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Clarke, Reverend Thomas Brooke (fl 1800-1821)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 CLA

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Clarke, Reverend Thomas Brooke (fl 1800-1821)

Date(s): [1805-1821]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 1 box

Name of creator(s): Clarke | Reverend | Thomas Brooke | fl 1800-1821 | auditor, naval asylum


Administrative/Biographical history:

Clarke, a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, held livings in Ireland in which he was non-resident. He was a confidant of Nicholas Vansittart, Lord Bexley (1766-1851), and tutor to the Duke of Cumberland's illegitimate son, George Fitzernest. Clarke was appointed Auditor of the Naval Asylum at Greenwich, which position he held from 1805 to 1821. His appointment and those of the Secretary and Chaplain were later criticized by Sir Charles Pole (q.v.) in the House of Commons on the grounds that none of them had ever had any sea service.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Reverend Thomas Brooke Clarke. They refer to Dr Clarke's appointment, to the renting of a house in Greenwich, the building of an asylum house, to glebe land of Pinner and produce of Harrow. There are also a series of letters from his son at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, 1812 to 1814, and some from George Fitzernest while at Magdalen College, Oxford.


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, sixty-six letters, were purchased in 1959 through the Caird Fund from a dealer, Edward Hall of Gravesend.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jun 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

Asylums | Medical institutions | Health services
Mental health | Health
Naval history | History

Personal names
Clarke | Reverend | Thomas Brooke | fl 1800-1821 | auditor, naval asylum

Corporate names
Naval Asylum | Greenwich
Royal Navy
University of Cambridge | Trinity Hall
University of Oxford | Magdalen College

Greenwich | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Harrow | Middlesex