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Dawson, William (1810-1858) and Dugald (1805-1841)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0064 DWS
Held at: National Maritime Museum
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Full title: Dawson, William (1810-1858) and Dugald (1805-1841)
Date(s): 1823-1858
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): Dawson | William | 1810-1858 | merchant
Dawson | Dugald | 1805-1841 | overseer


Administrative/Biographical history:

The majority of the correspondence and papers is formed of letters addressed to William Dawson (1779-1844), a merchant from Tarbert, Argyllshire, from his two sons, Dugald and William. Dugald Dawson (1805-1841) was an overseer of a sugar plantation in Trinidad, during which time he witnessed poor harvests due to bad weather and changes brought about by the efforts of Missionaries to free the slaves: he died at sea in Mar 1841, aged 36 years. William Dawson Jnr (1810-1858) was an Argyllshire merchant sea captain who sailed all over the world, including California, New Zealand, Africa and Madras, in the barque "Cornwall": he died in Singapore on 27 Jul 1858, aged 48.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of William and Dugald Dawson comprising 80 letters from Dugald Dawson (dated 1823-1840) and 64 letters from William Dawson (dated 1828-1843). Also included are 38 letters (including two private journals) from Captain William Dawson, addressed to his wife Barbara (dated 1849-1858), and a number of other letters and papers, chiefly of William's family.

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Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The collection was presented to the Museum by Mrs J Staplehurst in 1972.

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Description Notes

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.

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