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PARKYNS, Mansfield (1823-1894)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 MLP
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: PARKYNS, Mansfield (1823-1894)
Date(s): 1822-1946
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 1 box and 8 files
Name of creator(s): Parkyns | Mansfield | 1823-1894 | traveller and author


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1823; Trinity College, Cambridge, 1840; embarked on travels, 1842, chiefly through Abyssinia and the Sudan; lived with the nomadic Kababish tribe as they roamed in the area around al-'Ubayd in the Sudan, 1846-1847; returned to England, 1849; Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), 1849-1894; Assistant Secretary to the British embassy, Constantinople, 1850-1851; served on the RGS council, 1854; Comptroller of the Bankruptcy Court, 1864-1884; died, 1894.

Publications: Life in Abyssinia 2 vols, (1853), 2nd edition (1868)


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Mansfield Parkyns comprising papers relating to Abyssinia and the Sudan: (a) Notes on the history of Nubia, notes on Kordofan, notes on Tagulla and on the Noubas; portion of a journal kept while in Abyssinia, and (b) Five fasciculi in Italian, of a history of the Sudan (author unidentified), together with a partial translation by Richard Hill. (See R. Hill, Egypt in the Sudan). (c) MS. In French (author unidentified). (d) Loose pages of notes in English and Arabic. Accompanied by some correspondence of 1938 and 1946 about the papers.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English, Italian, French and Arabic

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Accessible 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 completing 'application for copies' form. No reproduction without the permission of the RGS-IBG Archivist.

Finding aids:

Hand list available in the Foyle Reading Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:


Allied Materials

Related material:

Additional letters are located in the Royal Geographical Society Correspondence Blocks - RGS/CB3/607, RGS/CB4/1218, RGS/CB4/1300.

Publication note:

The Gentleman Savage: The life of Mansfield Parkyns 1823-1894 by Sir Duncan Cumming, London, Century Hutchinson 1987

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Prepared by 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:
21st June 2001. Aug 2008.

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