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ALLEY, William (fl 1660-1685)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 WAL
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: ALLEY, William (fl 1660-1685)
Date(s): 1665-1679
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: one bound vellum volume and folder containing typescripts.
Name of creator(s): Alley | William | fl. 1660-1685 | merchant


Administrative/Biographical history:

Alley was an English merchant who was active in the East India trade as an interloper where his flamboyant behaviour caused considerable irritation to the East India Company. Numerous pious interjections suggest he may have been a Puritan. He mentions that his wife travelled with him.


Scope and content/abstract:

Journal of William Alley describing fourteen voyages to India, Malaya and the East Indies in several ships. The typescripts cover most of the journal's text and include material from the records of the East India Company reporting Alley's activities.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

the folder contains part of a handwritten introduction presumably written by W H Ingrams, followed by typed extracts from East India Company records and from Hedges' Diary (see 3.7.1.below). Journal transcripts are incomplete until 30 January 1666.

Conditions governing access:

Accessed via the Foyle Reading Room. Free of charge for Fellows, Members and those with valid academic identification. All other users pay a charge and must bring identification in order to register on arrival.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying at Archivist's discretion, and subject to completion of 'application for copies' form. No reproduction or publication without permission of the RGS-IBG Archivist.

Finding aids:

The RGS archives: a handlist compiled by Christine Kelly. London: RGS, 1977.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Mr W H Ingrams (FRGS) bequeathed this material to the RGS in 1973.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The British Library Oriental & India Office Collections holds records of the East India Company.

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Prepared by David Tatham, Archives Volunteer using existing finding aids and Diary of William Hedges Esq. Hakluyt Soc. 1889.

Rules or conventions:
ISAD(G) ed.2, name authority NRA.

Date(s) of descriptions:
14 August 2000

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