AIM25 : Click here to go back to the AIM25 homepage
Archives in London and the M25 area

Marsham-Townshend, Robert (1834-1914)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0064 MAT
Held at: National Maritime Museum
  Click here to find out how to view this collection at ›
Full title: Marsham-Townshend, Robert (1834-1914)
Date(s): [17th century-19th century]
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1650-1707
Name of creator(s): Various


Administrative/Biographical history:

Robert Marsham was the second son of Charles, 2nd Earl of Romney in direct descent of Sir Cloudesley Shovell through his elder daughter Elizabeth. He assumed the second name of Townshend by Royal Licence in 1893. Marsham-Townshend was educated first at Eton and then at Christ Church, Oxford.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Robert Marsham-Townshend, comprising his notes and correspondence of research into the life of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell. Also included are transcripts, original documents, pamphlets, articles and printed books relating to Shovell and his descendants. The purpose of all this was to be a biography on Shovell, which was never written. The substance of Marsham-Townsend's notes is embodied in his articles on the parentage and death of Sir Cloudesley Shovell. These have little bearing on his naval career. The original documents consist mainly of official orders issued from the Navy Office, a few personal documents bearing the signatures of both Shovell and his wife, indentures, deeds and a will.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

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 Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers presented to the Musuem in 1948 by his son Hugh.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

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:

Related Subject Search

* To search for other records with similar subjects, tick any subjects above then click "Run New Search"

Related Personal Name Search

* To search for other records with similar names, tick any names above then click "Run New Search"