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National Maritime Museum

Melville family papers


Reference code(s): GB 0064 MEL

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Melville family papers

Date(s): [1760-1830]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 8 boxes

Name of creator(s): Dundas | Henry | 1742-1811 | 1st Viscount Melville
Dundas | Robert Saunders | 1771-1851 | 2nd Viscount Melville


Administrative/Biographical history:

See sub-fonds level descriptions for individual biographies.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Henry Dundas, consisting of miscellaneous letters and documents relating to Dundas's official career as a naval administrator, 1760 to 1811. A further section was purchased from Madame Elisabeth La Serre in 1976. It consists of letters received between 1794 and 1806, from, among others, Admirals Cornwallis, Duncan, Orde, Keith, and Hallowell, as well as a number of ship lists.

Papers of Robert Saunders Dundas, consisting of a small collection of letters for the period during which Dundas was First Lord. In addition, there are some papers concerning Lord Cochrane's secret plan of 1812. A further section consists of letters received, 1812 to 1830, from naval officers, including Admirals Sir Charles Rowley, Sir David Milne, Sir Graham Moore (1764-1843) and Captain Sir George Grey.


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:

See sub-fonds level descriptions.


Related material:

The main Dundas collections are held in the Scottish Record Office and 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: 2011-05-13

Napoleonic Wars (1800-1815) | Wars (events)
Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences

Personal names
Carew | Sir | Benjamin Hallowell | 1760-1834 | Knight | Admiral
Cornwallis | Sir | William | 1744-1819 | Knight | Admiral
Dundas | Henry | 1742-1811 | 1st Viscount Melville | Scots statesman x Melville | 1st Viscount
Dundas | Robert Saunders | 1771-1851 | 2nd Viscount Melville (First Lord Of The Admiralty)
Elphinstone | George Keith | 1746-1823 | 1st Viscount Keith | Admiral
Orde | Sir | John | 1751-1824 | Knight | Admiral | Governor of Dominica

Corporate names
Royal Navy