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SCOTT, Capt Robert Falcon (1868-1912)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 RFS
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: SCOTT, Capt Robert Falcon (1868-1912)
Date(s): 1886-1980
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 1 box: 11 files
Name of creator(s): Scott | Robert Falcon | 1868-1912 | Antarctic explorer


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1868; education, Exmouth House School, Stoke Damerel, and Stubbington House, Fareham, 1879, to be crammed for the Royal Navy; joined the training ship HMS BRITANNIA, 1881; passed out in 1883; served in turn aboard the BOADICEA, the MONARCH, and the ROVER, 1883-1887; Royal Naval College, Greenwich, 1887-1888; sub-lieutenant in the SPIDE; posted to the DAPHNE and then to the AMPHION for service on the Pacific station at Esquimalt, British Columbia, 1889; returned to England to serve briefly on the CAROLINE in the Mediterranean, 1891; transferred to the VERNON (shore establishment) to specialise in torpedo work; qualified as torpedo lieutenant, first class, and was appointed to the VULCAN, 1893; 1895 to 1896 Scott served in the torpedo school Defiance, 1895-1896, the battleship EMPRESS OF INDIA, 1896-1897 and the MAJESTIC; appointed commander of the British National Antarctic expedition, 1900; Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, 1900-1913; British National Antarctic expedition, 1901-1904; patron's gold medal, Royal Geographical Society, 1904; returned to active service, commanding in turn the VICTORIOUS, 1906, the ALBEMARLE, 1907, the ESSEX, 1908, and the BULWARK, 1909; naval assistant to the Second Sea Lord, 1909; British Antarctic expedition, 1910-1912; died, 1912.

Publications: The Voyage of the 'Discovery' (1905)


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Capt Robert Falcon Scott including carbon copy of diary as leader of British Antarctic Expedition, Jan-Oct 1911; letters from Scott to Major L Darwin, 16 Sep 1909, Mr Moro, 28 Sep 1909, and Sir Edgar Speyer, 10 Dec 1910; collection of news cuttings, Feb 1913; 56 letters from Scott to the Royal Geographical Society, 1886-1910, chiefly relating to the National Antarctic and British Antarctic Expeditions; letters from wife and family, some written after Scott's death; notebook kept by J W Lovibond recording hair, eye and skin colour of members of the National Antarctic Expedition 1901-1904; letter from Norman Meikle telling of meeting many of the officers and crew of both Antarctic expeditions and an account of sending the cable to announce Scott's death, 23 Feb 1970; printed speech of Pubic Orator, Cambridge, 1905; slip of paper bearing Scott's signature; photostats of letters from Scott to Kathleen O'Reilly, 1899-1907; Order of Service for Altar Presentation from a church in Lyttelton New Zealand (at which Scott and other Antarctic parties worshipped) to the Scott Base, Antarctica, 6 May 1980; photo of the menu card of the Savage Club Dinner to Capt Scott, 5 Nov 1904 and plans of a polar camp, 1912.

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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 an 'application for copies' form. No reproduction or publication without permission of the IBG-RGS Archivist

Finding aids:

Card index and detailed box list available in the Foyle Reading Room.

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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:
29 March 2001; Jul 2008.

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