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Wigram, Sir Robert, 1st Bt. (1744-1830)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0064 WIG
Held at: National Maritime Museum
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Full title: Wigram, Sir Robert, 1st Bt. (1744-1830)
Date(s): 1765-1865
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1 box, 2 vols
Name of creator(s): Wigram | Sir | Robert | 1744-1830 | Knight | shipbuilder


Administrative/Biographical history:

Wigram began his career with the East India Company as a surgeon. He contracted an illness, however, which affected his eyesight so that he could no longer practise as a surgeon nor could he go to sea again. He then set himself up as a drug merchant. In 1788 he bought the General Goddard and then the True Briton, which was built in Wells' Yard, Deptford in 1790. Wigram built up the business and acquired a large interest in the Blackwall Yard and in 1810 became Chairman of the new East India Dock Company. He retired in 1819 and sold the yard to two of his sons, Money and Henry Loftus Wigram, and to George Green.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Robert Wigram consisting of two business ledgers, 1810 to 1865, and family legal documents, 1765 to 1826.

Access & Use

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were presented in 1961 by the Reverend Sir Clifford Wigram.

Allied Materials

Related material:

There are further papers relating to Wigram in the Green collection of documents concerning Blackwall Yard.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Edited by Sarah Drewery, Oct 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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