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Duff, Vice Admiral Robert (fl 1720-1787)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 DUF

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Duff, Vice Admiral Robert (fl 1720-1787)

Date(s): [1744-1780]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 5ft; 152cm

Name of creator(s): Duff | Robert | fl 1720-1787 | Vice-Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Duff was promoted to the command of the TERROR bomb vessel off the coast of Scotland in 1744 and then to the Anglesea between 1747 and 1748 off the coast of Ireland. In 1755 he was appointed to the ROCHESTER in the Channel. He contributed to the victory of Quiberon Bay, 1759, by leading the French in pursuit of his small squadron to bring them within range of the main British fleet. His next command was the FOUDROYANT in the West Indies where he was present at the reduction of Martinique in 1762. In 1775 he was promoted to rear-admiral and appointed Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Newfoundland. His last command was as Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean, in the PANTHER between 1777 and 1780. He was promoted to vice-admiral in 1778.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Robert Duff including logs, 1744 to 1747, 1749 to 1762 and for part of 1779; letter and order books, 1745 to 1762, 1775 to 1780; a register of Newfoundland fishing vessels, 1775; a list of ships, 1770; various signals and sailing directions and a family account book, 1769 to 1778.


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 Lieutenant-Colonel Scott Duff of Fetteresso in 1947. A further section was bequeathed by Miss Gladys Duff in 1965.


Related material:

An extensive collection of charts was also presented by Lieutenant-Colonel Duff in 1947 and is held by the Navigation Department.


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

Fishing industry | Fisheries
Fishing vessels | Boats | Vessels | Vehicles | Transport
Ships | Vehicles | Transport
Ships logs | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources

Personal names
Duff | Robert | fl 1720-1787 | Vice-Admiral

Corporate names
Royal Navy

Newfoundland | Canada | North America