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Phipps-Hornby Collection

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0064 PHI
Held at: National Maritime Museum
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Full title: Phipps-Hornby Collection
Date(s): [1700-1915]
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 121 items
Name of creator(s): Hornby | Robert Stewart Phipps | 1866-1956 | Admiral
Hornby | Sir | Geoffrey Thomas Phipps | 1825-1895 | Knight | Admiral of the Fleet
Hornby | Sir | Phipps | 1785-1867 | Knight | Admiral
Hornby | Windham Mark Phipps | b 1896 | Commander RN


Administrative/Biographical history:

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Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Adml Robert Stewart Phipps Hornby. From 1900 to 1913 there are official letterbooks, memoranda and other papers. There are a diary, a rough journal and papers for his second command from 1914 to 1915. Finally, there are papers relating to his work on torpedoes and reports from the various Admiralty committees on which he served.

Papers of Sir Geoffrey Thomas Phipps Hornby. Except for a few service papers and a letterbook, 1858 to 1870, the entire collection dates from 1865 onwards. The most important part of the collection is Hornby's official, semi-official and private correspondence, 1873 to 1894, in which many leading naval officers and other figures of the day are represented. There are also some letters written by Hornby and some correspondence of his wife and of his daughter, Mrs Egerton. Relating to Hornby's commands, there are official letterbooks for the years 1870 to 1874 and 1877 to 1880, memoranda and orders, 1865 to 1874 and 1877 to 1880, private letterbooks, 1865 to 1874, 1877 to 1878 and 1885 to 1891, and registers of telegrams received and despatched, 1877 to 1880. There are printed memoranda and papers relating to his time at the Admiralty, including the work of the Construction and Torpedo Committees.

Papers of Sir Phipps Hornby. There is a copy of a letter written in the Volage and a letterbook, 1812 to 1816. Most of the papers are from the Pacific Command and include an admiral's journal, 1847 to 1849, and three official letter and order books, 1847 to 1851, together with correspondence on particular aspects of the Squadron's duties. There are also some probate documents concerning members of the Hornby family.

Papers of Windham Mark Phipps Hornby. Some of them relate to his cadet days, and are mostly printed magazines and programmes; there are also two gunnery notebooks, 1914, and a report on the organization of the Ramillies. The collection contains some items relating to other members of the family.

Additional papers of members of the family including journals, official and private letters, and newspaper cuttings, relating to all of the above members of the family (please see individual biographical entries for further details of their careers).

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .

Archival Information

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Allied Materials

Related material:

Commander Phipps Hornby was also responsible for presenting the naval papers of the Wrey family, in his capacity as executor for Mrs Wrey, widow of Commodore William B S Wrey. These papers are catalogued separately under the name of Wrey, although some items relating to Commodore Wrey are included in this collection. The acquisition also included six printed books titles, which have been catalogued as Library books.

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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.

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