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Moorcroft, William

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 630
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Moorcroft, William
Date(s): 1822-1823
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume
Name of creator(s): Moorcroft | William | 1765-1825 | veterinary surgeon and traveller
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Moorcroft was born in Lancashire and educated in Liverpool for the medical profession. While he was a student he was assigned to examine a local outbreak of cattle disease, as a result of which he switched to veterinary science. After amassing a considerable fortune in London he lost his wealth through the filing of numerous bad patents and in 1808 he took a position as veterinary surgeon with the Bengal Army. During this time he also took the position of Superintendent of the East India Company's stud.

He travelled widely in central Asia and became the first British traveller to cross the Himalayas. Falling out of favour with the Bengal Army for spending too much time in the Himalayan region he undertook a journey for trade to Kabul. On returning from Kabul in 1823 Moorcroft died and was taken to Balkh where he was buried outside the city walls.


Scope and content/abstract:

A volume entitled Notes on subjects connected with agriculture, from W. Moorcroft, Kashmeer, 1823, addressed to the Secretary of the Board of Agriculture.

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Access to the items in the collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the controlled environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

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Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

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Allied Materials

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The British Library Oriental and India Office Collections contain correspondence, journals and papers, 1820-1825 (MSS Eur A20-21, B50-51, C39-45, 68-69, E113, F35-41, G27-31); the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, holds correspondence with Lord Minto (Ref: MS 11319).

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Date(s) of descriptions:
2000-02-22 Joseph Gelfer, 2000-05-22 Sarah Aitchison

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