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Stopford, Admiral Robert Fanshawe (1811-1891)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 STO/101-108

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Stopford, Admiral Robert Fanshawe (1811-1891)

Date(s): [1825-1871]

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 2 volumes, 2 charts

Name of creator(s): Stopford | Robert Fanshawe | 1811-1891 | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Robert Stopford, son of the Hon. Sir Robert Stopford, entered the Navy in 1825 and was promoted lieutenant in 1831. He was present at the siege of Acre, 1840, and was sent home with his father's despatches after the action. In 1841 he was promoted to captain and commanded the TALBOT in the Mediterranean for one year, employed for some of the time in surveying the Skerki Channel off Sardinia. He commanded the ASIA, 1848 to 1851, in the Pacific Squadron under Rear-Admiral (later Admiral) Sir Phipps Hornby. He was promoted to Rear-Admiral in 1860, Vice-Admiral in 1866 and Admiral in 1871.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Adm Robert Fanshawe Stopford, comprising loose papers mounted in a volume, relating mainly to the TALBOT and ASIA periods, with official service documents. An additional volume relates to Stopford's time as a midshipman, featuring sailing and wind calculations, together with observations on forts in the Dardanelles and Sevastopol.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Bequeathed by Commander Robert Neville Stopford (1888-1949); by descent from Vice-Admiral Robert Wilbraham Stopford; by descent from Admiral Robert Fanshawe Stopford.

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were bequeathed to the Museum in 1950 by Commander R.N. Stopford. An additional notebook was presented in 1996.



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: 2010-09-28

Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences
Naval education

Personal names
Stopford | Robert Fanshawe | 1811-1891 | Admiral

Corporate names
HMS Asia
HMS Talbot

Dardanelles | Turkey | Middle East
Mediterranean Sea | Seas
Ukraine | Eastern Europe