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Nepean, Sir Evan, 1st Bt. (Secretary to the Admiralty) (1751-1822)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 NEP

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Nepean, Sir Evan, 1st Bt. (Secretary to the Admiralty) (1751-1822)

Date(s): 1793-1819

Level of description: Collection


Name of creator(s): Nepean | Sir | Evan | 1751-1822 | Secretary to the Admiralty


Administrative/Biographical history:

Nepean entered the Navy as a clerk and, after serving in several ships, became secretary to Sir John Jervis (later Earl St. Vincent) in 1780. He then turned to politics and held various government appointments, becoming Secretary to the Admiralty in 1795. He was created a baronet in 1802. In 1804 he was Chief Secretary for Ireland for some months before joining the Board of Admiralty. He went out of office in 1806. Nepean was Member of Parliament for Queenborough 1796 to 1802, and Bridport, 1802 to 1812. Between 1812 and 1819 he was Governor of Bombay.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Evan Nepean. The first two sections consists of letters from Earl St. Vincent, 1793 to 1803. There are also two series from agents, one of fifty-four letters, 1796 to 1801, which include some from Sir Sidney Smith and the second of seventy-one letters from William May, 1797 to 1798. There is also a secret account book kept by Charles Wright, Chief Clerk to the Admiralty, between 1795 and 1804. This was purchased from Maggs Bros. in 1969. (3 vols, 2 boxes) In the Gosse collection of papers relating to piracy there are letters received by Nepean, 1817 to 1819.


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 purchased from Sotheby's in 1931, 1959, 1960 and 1972.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Sep 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

Personal names
Jervis | John | 1735-1823 | Earl of St Vincent | Admiral of the Fleet
Nepean | Sir | Evan | 1751-1822 | 1st Baronet Statesman | Governor of Bombay

Corporate names