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Royal Navy: Order Books and Orders


Reference code(s): GB 0064 HSR/H-K

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Royal Navy: Order Books and Orders

Date(s): [1527-1916]

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 35 items

Name of creator(s): Various


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Scope and content/abstract:

The earliest items in this category are five documents signed by Philip II of Spain (1527-1598); two relate to the supplying of galleys in the Mediterranean, 1585 and 1586, and three to the provisioning of the Armada, 1588. There are two seventeenth-century documents, one of which is sailing and fighting instructions issued in 1687 by Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Grafton (1663-1690) The twelve eighteenth-century items include sailing orders signed by Peter the Great (1682-1725), 1719; refitting and sailing orders from the Admiralty to Captain Edward Legge (1710-1747) of the SEVERN or, in his absence, Captain George Murray (later Admiral Lord Elibank) (1706-1785) of the PEARL at Rio following the separation from the CENTURIAN, 1741; and a document showing the disposition of the fleet in order of battle sent by Admiral Lord Hood to Captain (later Vice-Admiral) Horatio Nelson (q.v.) of the AGAMEMNON, 1793. Among the thirteen nineteenth-century documents are draft instructions for troops Admiral Lord Keith's landings in Egypt, by Captain (later Admiral Sir) Alexander Cochrane (1758-1832), 1801; and a series of five orders to William Yates, commander of the revenue cutter ROSE, operating in the English Channel, 1804. There are two twentieth-century documents; an Admiralty order to Vice-Admiral Sir John (Later Lord) Jellicoe (1859-1935) to supersede Admiral Sir George Callaghan (1852-1920) as Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Fleet, 31 July 1914; and a cyclostyled copy of Jellicoe's memorandum issued to the Grand Fleet after the battle of Jutland, 1916.


Language/scripts of material: English

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Conditions governing access:

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


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Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jul 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

Napoleonic Wars (1800-1815) | Wars (events)
Naval battles | Battles
Naval operations | Military operations | Military engineering
Ships | Vehicles | Transport
World War One (1914-1918) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)

Personal names
Callaghan | Sir | George | 1852-1920 | Commander-in-Chief of the Home Fleet
Cochrane | Sir | Alexander Forrester Inglis | 1758-1832 | Knight | Admiral
Elphinstone | George Keith | 1746-1823 | 1st Viscount Keith | Admiral
Fitzroy | Henry | 1663-1690 | Duke of Grafton
Hood | Samuel | 1724-1816 | 1st Viscount Hood | Admiral
Jellicoe | John Rushworth | 1859-1935 | 1st Earl Jellicoe | Admiral of the Fleet
Murray | George | 1706-1785 | 6th Baron Elibank | Admiral
Nelson | Horatio | 1758-1805 | 1st Viscount Nelson of the Nile and Burnham Thorpe | Vice-Admiral
Peter I | 1672-1725 | Tsar of Russia
Philip II | 1527-1598 | King of Spain

Corporate names
Royal Navy

Egypt | North Africa
Mediterranean Sea | Seas