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Migeod, Frederick William Hugh

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0102 PP MS 59
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies
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Full title: Migeod, Frederick William Hugh
Date(s): Created 1898-1948
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 2 boxes
Name of creator(s): Migeod | Frederick William Hugh | 1872-1952 | colonial administrator and botanist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Frederick William Hugh Migeod was born on 9 August 1872 in Chislehurst, Kent. Educated at Folkestone, he joined the Royal Navy Pay Department in 1889. In 1900 he began service with the Colonial Civil Service and was stationed in the Gold Coast until 1919. He then began a series of expeditions to Lake Chad, Cameroon, and Sierra Leone, and twice crossed equatorial Africa. From 1925-1927 and again in 1929 and 1931 he led a British Museum East Africa expedition to excavate dinosaur bones. Following his return to England he became a local councillor and Alderman in Worthing and was Chairman of the British Union for Abolition of Vivisection. He married Madeleine Marguerite Adrienne Charlotte Banks in 1925. He died on 8 July 1952.

Frederick Migeod's publications include The Languages of West Africa (1913), A Grammar of the Hausa Language (1914), Across Equatorial Africa (1923), Through Nigeria and Lake Chad (1924) and Through British Cameroons (1925).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers, 1898-1948, of Frederick Migeod, comprising notebooks and other manuscript material relating to West Africa. Topics covered include natural history and botany in addition to language materials.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Material is in Arabic, Hausa and Fanti in addition to English.

System of arrangement:

The material is arranged in chronological order.

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

No publication without written permission. Apply to archivist in the first instance.

Finding aids:

Unpublished handlist.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Material purchased from Kegan Paul Publishers in 1954.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The School of Oriental and African Studies Library holds copies of Frederick Migeod's publications.

Papers of Migeod relating to West Africa (1898-1934) are held at Cambridge University Library, Royal Commonwealth Society Library (see MSS Catalogue, 1975). Papers relating mainly to travel in West Africa (1902-1928) are held at the Royal Geographical Society (see its Guide).

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Date(s) of descriptions:
16 May 2000

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