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Blane, Sir Gilbert (1749-1834)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 BLA/42-115

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Blane, Sir Gilbert (1749-1834)

Date(s): [1799-1814]

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 2 files

Name of creator(s): Blane | Sir | Gilbert | 1749-1834 | 1st Baronet | Physician of the Fleet


Administrative/Biographical history:

Blane studied medicine in Edinburgh and, in 1779, sailed to the West Indies. It was during this and subsequent expeditions to the West Indies that he impressed upon the Admiralty the importance and the success of anti-scorbutic measures. He was appointed Physician Extraordinary to the Prince of Wales in 1785, the year in which he produced the first edition of his work on the diseases of seamen. From 1795 until 1803 he was one of the Commissioners for Sick and Wounded Seamen. See Christopher Lloyd ed., The Health of Seamen (Navy Records Society, 1965), pp. 132-211.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Gilbert Blane including memorials, notes and letters from Tsar Paul of Russia (1754-1801), 1799, the Prince Regent, later King George IV (1762-1830), 1802, Prince William Henry (1765-1837), undated, Spencer Perceval (1762-1812), 1809, Lord Palmerston (1784-1865), 1810, Sir Edward Pellew (later Viscount Exmouth) (q.v.), 1799, Earl St Vincent (q.v.), 1800, Lord Keith (q.v.), 1808, and other public figures, kept largely for their autograph value.


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 Lady Royds in 1939.



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: 2011-03-08

Naval history | History
Naval medicine | Military medicine | Medical sciences

Personal names
Blane | Sir | Gilbert | 1749-1834 | 1st Baronet | Physician of the Fleet
Elphinstone | George Keith | 1746-1823 | 1st Viscount Keith | Admiral
George IV | 1762-1830 | King of Great Britain and Ireland
Jervis | John | 1735-1823 | Earl of St Vincent | Admiral of the Fleet
Paul I | 1754-1801 | Tsar of Russia
Pellew | Edward | 1757-1833 | 1st Viscount Exmouth | Admiral
Perceval | Spencer | 1762-1812 | statesman
Temple | Henry John | 1784-1865 | 3rd Viscount Palmerston | statesman
William IV | 1765-1837 | king of Great Britain and Ireland

Corporate names