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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 RSH
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Full title: SHEDDEN, Robert
Date(s): 1841-1940
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 1 box: 6 vols and 1 file
Name of creator(s): Shedden | Robert | fl 1844-1850


Administrative/Biographical history:

Robert Shedden entered the Royal Navy and served throughout the [British attack on China, (the Opium War), 1840-1842] in which he was severely wounded; bought a schooner yacht, the 'Nancy Dawson', in which he accompanied the search for Sir John Franklin; Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, 1844-1850. Died in Mexico, 1850.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Robert Shedden made during his voyage on the NANCY DAWSON from London to the Bering Strait via Goa and Singapore, 1848-1849, including observations, chronometer ratings and calculations for positions.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Original order

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

Finding aids:

RGS Archives card indexing system. Hand list available in the Foyle Reading Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Bequeathed to the RGS by Robert Shedden, [1850].

Allied Materials

Related material:

RGS Correspondence Block 1851-60: Barraud, Hilton letter about the chronometers bequeathed to RGS by Sheddon.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Prepared by Archives Volunteer using existing finding aids. Revised by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: Journal of the Royal Geographical Society Vol 20, p. xxxiv, 1850.

Rules or conventions:
ISAD(G) ed. 2.

Date(s) of descriptions:
22 March 2001. Jul 2008.

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