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GILL, Capt William John (1843-1882)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 WJG
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: GILL, Capt William John (1843-1882)
Date(s): 1874-1884
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 7 vols
Name of creator(s): Gill | William John | 1843-1882 | Captain | surveyor and explorer


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1843; educated at Brighton College; Royal Military Academy at Woolwich; obtained a commission in the Royal Engineers, 1864; served in India, 1869-1871; stationed at Aldershot, Chatham, and Woolwich, 1871-1876; joined Colonel Valentine Baker's journey to Persia, 1873; Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, 1874-1882; ordered to Hong Kong, and while there obtained leave to travel in China, 1876; gold medal of the Royal Geographical Society, 1879; intelligence branch of the War Office; sent to Constantinople as assistant boundary commissioner for the new boundary between Turkey and Russia, 1879; obtained leave to go to India to join Sir Charles Macgregor, as a survey officer, in his expedition against the Maris, -1881; granted leave of absence to explore the provinces between Tunis and Egypt, 1881-1882; deputy assistant adjutant-general, Egypt, 1882; died, 1882.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Capt William John Gill, 1874-1884, including travel diary in Constantinople, 1879; travel diary in India (the Marri expedition at the close of the second Afghan War), Persia and Russia, 1880-1881; press cuttings chiefly relating to Indian affairs, 1874-1884; travel diary in Tripoli, Oct 1881-Jun 1882; travel diaries in China, 1876-1877 and 1877-1878, and notes on Chinese characters and place names, 1877.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

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

Finding aids:

Hand list and card index.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bequeathed to the RGS, 1832.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Prepared by an archives volunteer using existing finding aids. Revised by Sarah Drewery. Sources: Oxford DNB.

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

Date(s) of descriptions:
17 January 2002; Nov 2008.

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