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Wemyss, Vice-Admiral Edward William Elphinstone (1866-1938)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 WEM

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Wemyss, Vice-Admiral Edward William Elphinstone (1866-1938)

Date(s): 1881-1911

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 1ft; 30cm

Name of creator(s): Wemyss | Edward William Elphinstone | 1866-1938 | Vice-Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Wemyss entered the Navy in 1879. He served in the Mediterranean from 1881 firstly in the SUPERB and then in the MONARCH, being present at the bombardment of Alexandria, 1882, and during the subsequent Egyptian campaign. In 1887 he was promoted to lieutenant and in 1888 joined the Training Squadron in the VOLAGE. He went to the POLYPHEMUS, Mediterranean Station, in 1889, becoming a commander at the end of that year. In 1891 he was appointed to the RALEIGH, flagship at the Cape of Good Hope, and was involved in the suppression of slavery off the east coast of Africa. Wemyss became a captain in 1906, serving from 1909 to 1911 on the Australian Station in the CAMBRIAN. He was promoted to rear-admiral in 1917 and retired, becoming a vice-admiral in 1922.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Vice-Admiral Wemyss. They contain logs, 1881-1884; photograph albums, 1882-1911; newspaper cuttings, 1900-1911, and printed material, including a booklet on the Mosquito Reservation at Bluefield, Nicaragua.


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 Vice-Admiral Wemys's widow, Mrs M.A. Wemyss, in 1955.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Oct 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

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

Personal names
Wemyss | Edward William Elphinstone | 1866-1938 | Vice-Admiral

Corporate names
Royal Navy

Nicaragua | Central America