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Stopford family papers


Reference code(s): GB 0064 STO

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Stopford family papers

Date(s): [1791]-1908

Level of description: Collection


Name of creator(s): Stopford | Sir | Robert | 1768-1847 | Knight | Admiral
Stopford | Sir | Montagu | 1798-1864 | Vice-Admiral
Stopford | Robert Neville | fl 1905-1908 | midshipman
Stopford | Robert Fanshawe | 1811-1891 | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

See sub-fonds level descriptions for individual biographies.


Scope and content/abstract:

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

Papers of Robert Neville Stopford comprising two midshipman's log books kept while Stopford was in the Mediterranean between 1905 and 1908. The first volume covers his time on HMS BARFLEUR and HMS FORMIDABLE. The second volume covers his time aboard HMS HINDUSTAN and HMS BERWICK.

Papers of Sir Montagu Stopford, consisting of memoranda issued to the fleet in the Crimea, 1854, records of arrivals and sailings of ships at Malta, 1855 to 1856, and the commission appointing Stopford Superintendent of Malta Dockyard.

Papers of Adml Sir Robert Stopford, comprising an order book, 1803 to 1805, official service documents and private and semi-official letters from many important officers of the time. Among them is one from Nelson (q.v.), 1805, from the Duke of Wellington, 1811, and a series of thirty-five from William, Duke of Clarence, 1827 to 1828, when Lord High Admiral. For the Mediterranean command there are letters from the 2nd Earl of Minto (q.v.) and Lord Ponsonby (1770-1855), ambassador at Constantinople. Finally, there is a volume of letters from well-known literary and social figures received by Stopford and Field-Marshal Thomas Grosvenor (1764-1851) between 1791 and 1850, including one from Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) (Stopford and Grosvenor both lived at Richmond, Surrey). Also, the log of HMS SPENCER, kept while Capt Stopford was attached to the Channel Fleet in 1803-1804.


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:

The papers were bequeathed to the Museum in 1950 by Commander R.N. Stopford.



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

Crimean War (1853-1856) | Wars (events)
Dockyards | Shipbuilding industry | Manufacturing industry | Industry
Naval education

Personal names
Grosvenor | Thomas | 1764-1851 | Field Marshal
Kynynmound | Gilbert Elliot Murray | 1782-1859 | 2nd Earl of Minto | statesman
Nelson | Horatio | 1758-1805 | 1st Viscount Nelson of the Nile and Burnham Thorpe | Vice-Admiral
Ponsonby | John | c 1770-1855 | Viscount Ponsonby | diplomat
Scott | Sir | Walter | 1771-1832 | 1st Baronet | writer and barrister
Stopford | Robert Fanshawe | 1811-1891 | Admiral
Stopford | Sir | Montagu | 1798-1864 | Knight | Vice-Admiral
Stopford | Sir | Robert | 1768-1847 | Knight | Admiral
Wellesley | Arthur | 1769-1852 | 1st Duke of Wellington | Field Marshal and statesman x Wellington | 1st Duke of
William IV | 1765-1837 | king of Great Britain and Ireland

Corporate names
HMS Ariadne
HMS Marlborough
HMS Minotaur
HMS Narcissus
Royal Navy

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