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MARKHAM, Adm Sir Albert Hastings (1841-1918)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 AHM
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: MARKHAM, Adm Sir Albert Hastings (1841-1918)
Date(s): 1876-1880
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 1 file and 1 box
Name of creator(s): Markham | Sir | Albert Hastings | 1841-1918 | Knight | naval officer and Arctic explorer | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1841; educated at home and at Eastman's Royal Naval Academy, Southsea; entered the Royal Navy, 1856; served eight years on the China station; served in the Mediterranean and then on the Australian station; took advantage of a period of leave to sail as second mate in the whaler ARCTIC to Davis Strait and Baffin's Bay in order to study ice conditions, 1873; commanded HMS ALERT in the Arctic expedition under George Strong Nares, 1875-1876; accompanied Sir Henry Gore-Booth on a cruise to Novaya Zemlya, 1879; surveyed ice conditions in Hudson Strait and Bay, 1886; served in the Pacific, 1879-1882; captain of HMS VERNON, the naval torpedo school at Portsmouth, 1883-1886; commodore of the training squadron, 891-1892; second in command of the Mediterranean squadron under Sir George Tryon, 1892; commander-in-chief at the Nore, 1901-1904; retired from the navy, 1906; died, 1918.

Publications: A Whaling Cruise to Baffin's Bay (1874).
A Polar Reconnaissance(1879)


Scope and content/abstract:

Correspondence of Sir Albert Hastings Markham, 1876-1880, including letters to Mr Isbister, on the subject of the publication of his book The great frozen sea, Apr 1878-Sep 1880, together with a letter from Clements R Markham on the same topic, 22 May 1878 and letter from Markham to 'Mammie' from HMS ALERT, 26 Oct 1876.

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:

Received by the RGS, 1951 and 1985.

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:
25 October 2001; Oct 2008.

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