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Stewart, Admiral Sir William Houston (1822-1901)


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

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Stewart, Admiral Sir William Houston (1822-1901)

Date(s): [1879-1884]

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 1 box

Name of creator(s): Stewart | Sir | William Houston | 1822-1901 | Knight | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

William Stewart, eldest son of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Houston Stewart (1791-1875), entered the Navy in 1835. He became a lieutenant in 1842, a commander in 1848 and a captain in 1854. In 1860 he joined the MARLBOROUGH as Flag-Captain to Sir William Fanshawe Martin (1801-1895), in the Mediterranean, where he remained for three years. The rest of his service was in administrative appointments. He was promoted to rear-admiral in 1870 and from July of that year was Admiral Superintendent of Devonport Dockyard until the end of 1871, when he was appointed in the same capacity to Portsmouth. From 1872 to 1881 he was Controller of the Navy, although without a seat on the Board of Admiralty. He became a vice-admiral in 1876 and admiral in 1881, when he was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Devonport. Here he remained for the full period of three years and retired in 1885.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of William Stewart, consisting of letters to Sir William, 1879 to 1884, including those from the First Lord, William Henry Smith (1825-1891) and other private correspondents. His period in the MARLBOROUGH is represented by letters as well as a book of remarks on the discipline of the ship. There is a book entitled the 'Dimensions, cost etc. of H.M. Ships built under contract and in the Dockyards', 1860 to 1873. The collection also contains the proceedings of the Naval Brigade attached to the expeditionary force for the relief of Tokar in 1884 when Lieutenant Houston Stewart, Sir William's son, in command of the Right Half-Battery, was killed at the action of El Teb. Finally there are a few letters written to Sir William's father, Sir Houston Stewart, between 1853 and 1854 when Sir Houston was Superintendent of Malta Dockyard.


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:

The papers were presented by Miss Grace Stewart, the Admiral's granddaughter, in 1968.



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

Dockyards | Shipbuilding industry | Manufacturing industry | Industry
Shipbuilding | Marine engineering | Transport engineering
Ships | Vehicles | Transport

Personal names
Smith | William Henry | 1825-1891 | statesman
Stewart | Sir | William Houston | 1822-1901 | Knight | Admiral

Corporate names
HMS Marlborough
Royal Navy

Malta | Western Europe | Europe
Portsmouth | Hampshire | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe