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Hood family papers


Reference code(s): GB 0064 MKH

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Hood family papers

Date(s): [1745-1817]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 3 subfonds

Name of creator(s): Hood | Alexander | 1726-1814 | 1st Viscount Bridport | Admiral
Hood | Alexander | 1758-1798 | Captain
Hood | Sir | Samuel | 1762-1814 | 1st Baronet | Vice Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

See sub-fonds level descriptions for individual biographies.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Adml Alexander Hook consisting of letters from Bridport to his first and second wives, 1761 to 1799. There are also a number of other letters, including two from Lord Howe, 1787.

Papers of Capt Alexander Hood consisting of a log, January to September 1772, and some signal books for the Barfleur and the Aimable. There are also a number of private letters, 1772 and 1793 to 1794, a muster book for the Audacious, 1794, official correspondence, 1793 to 1797, and three signal books for the Hebe. In addition, there are some official service documents and a small collection of documents relating to the mutinies of 1797.

Papers of Samuel Hood consisting of letter and order books, 1794 to 1795, 1806, 1808 to 1809; signals and instructions, 1790 to 1791; and logs, 1806 to 1814. The large section of papers relating to the East Indian command includes letters from the Admiralty, Victualling and Transport Boards, as well as copies of correspondence with Sir Stamford Raffles (1781-1826). In addition there are extracts from logs of ships on the East Indies Station during Hood's command, including the Modeste, 1810; Hesper, 1810; Cornelia, 1811; Doris, 1811; Phaeton, 1812; Hecate, 1813; Salsette, 1813 to 1814. Finally, there are a number of Hood family papers, 1745 to 1817.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

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Conditions governing reproduction:

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

See sub-fonds level descriptions.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jul 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: 2010-11-16


Personal names
Hood | Alexander | 1726-1814 | Viscount Bridport | naval officer and politician
Hood | Alexander | 1758-1798 | Captain
Hood | Sir | Samuel | 1762-1814 | 1st Baronet | Vice Admiral
Howe | Richard | 1726-1799 | Earl Howe | Admiral of the Fleet
Raffles | Sir | Thomas Stamford | 1781-1826 | Knight | colonial administrator

Corporate names