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Brown, Francis Clifton (1874-1963)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 BRO

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Brown, Francis Clifton (1874-1963)

Date(s): 1890-1911

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 3ft; 91cm

Name of creator(s): Brown | Francis Clifton | 1874-1963 | Vice-Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Brown entered the Navy in 1890 and served in the DREADNOUGHT in the Mediterranean until 1893, when he joined the TOURMALINE in the West Indies. He then joined the VOLAGE in the Training Squadron and took part in the summer cruise of 1896. His next ship was the TRAFALGAR, Mediterranean and Channel Stations, and between 1900 and 1902 he served in the ARGONAUT on the China Station. Brown was promoted to commander in 1905, to captain in 1912 and held a succession of cruiser appointments during the First World War. He then served as head of the naval mission to Greece between 1917 and 1919 and was made rear-admiral in the Royal Hellenic Navy in 1918. In 1922 he was promoted to rear-admiral, placed on the retired list and in 1927 was advanced to vice-admiral.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Francis Clifton Brown comprising a continuous run of logs, 1890 to 1900, diaries, 1890 to 1902, notebooks and loose papers, including some relating to his period as naval attache in Greece. There are also some comprehensive photograph albums, 1890 to 1911. There are no papers for Brown's First World War service.


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:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were presented by Mrs Clifton Brown in 1963.



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

Diaries | Nonfiction
Naval affairs | Military affairs | Military science | Social sciences
Ships logs | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources

Personal names
Brown | Francis Clifton | 1874-1963 | Vice-Admiral

Corporate names
Royal Navy

Greece | Western Europe | Europe