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Maskelyne, Nevil, 1732 - 1811 (astronomer and mathematician)

 Person

Found in 256 Collections and/or Records:

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Diary of 'Nautical Almanac' work, 1767 - 1817

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/324
Scope and Contents

A diary of work performed on the 'Nautical Almanac' and arrangements for its compilation and publication.

Dates: 1767 - 1817
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Discussion of star places, 1755 - 1862

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/195
Scope and Contents Correspondence on the position and identity of stars; requests for star catalogues; parts of star catalogues, including Maskelyne's star ledgers, 1755-1816; and some computations. There are brief papers by R.C. Carrington on 20 circumpolar stars; works on variable stars by N.R. Pogson; drawings of the ring and dumb-bell nebulae by W. Lassell; and treatments of the Great Nebula in Orion by G.P. Bond and O. Struve. There is also a piece on variable stars from the 'Aberdeen Free Press' and a...
Dates: 1755 - 1862
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Draft instructions for John Crosley to go on a voyage to New Holland on board HMS Investigator on a scientific expedition, 1801-03-07

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/185: 4-4c
Scope and Contents

The letter gives instructions on observations to be taken on board ship, details of observations to be taken on shore, general directions and an inventory of required instruments, books and charts.

Dates: 1801-03-07
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Draft letter from Maskelyne to the Board of Longitude, 1763-12-22

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/320/7: 1-4
Scope and Contents

The undated draft letter concerns the eclipses of Jupiter's satellites and the deduction of longitude from observations made on board HMS Princess Louisa during a voyage to Barbados. Maskelyne mentions his inability to make these observations from either of Christopher Irwin's marine chairs, which he had been asked by the Commissioners of the Board of Longitude to use and give an opinion on. On the reverse are observations made by Maskelyne whilst in Barbados.

Dates: 1763-12-22
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Draft letter to George Dollond, 1808-09

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/185: 3
Scope and Contents

Concerning the focal length of a 6 foot telescope.

Dates: 1808-09
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Draft letter to James Ewart Esq. of Lancaster, 1794-08-18

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/185: 1-1a
Scope and Contents

Letter forwarding details of lunar occultations, with notes and calculations on an eclipse.

Dates: 1794-08-18
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Draft letter to Monsieur Julian Canelas, Directeur de l'Observatoire a l'Isle de St Leon, 1806-12-11

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/185: 2
Scope and Contents

Letter on occultations of stars and a solar eclipse. There are notes on Stephen Groombridge's circle on the reverse.

Dates: 1806-12-11
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Draft letters to Ewart, Canelas, Dollond, Crosley and Inman, 1794 - 1808

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/185
Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous draft letters.

Dates: 1794 - 1808
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Draft of a letter from Nevil Maskelyne to the Royal Society concerning the inadequacy of the equatorial sector for observing comets, 1770-07-12

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/320/5: 1-2
Scope and Contents From the Series: The collection comprises a large series of observations, calculations, computations and tables, with accounts, booklets, illustrations, journals of voyages, notes, treatises and other material. There is a large volume of correspondence, which reflects the varied nature of the Astronomer Royal's work, and includes correspondence with computers and comparers; letters from Gauss, Piazzi, Zach and Olbers, who contacted Maskelyne at the time of the discovery of the minor planets; and...
Dates: 1770-07-12
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Drawings and engravings, 1849

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/836
Scope and Contents

A pen and ink drawing of the Front Court of the Royal Observatory, 1849; an undated engraving of a house pasted to a blue leaf, titled by Airy 'Newton's Birth Place'; and an undated engraving of Nevil Maskelyne.

Dates: 1849
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Elements of stellar reduction, 1823

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 5/120
Scope and Contents Elements of reduction for stars in north polar distance and elements for stars in right ascension, with Maskelyne's printed table 21. There are tables for:1. Corrections of the right ascension in time of 59 principal stars for every 10th day of the year.2. Corrections of the right ascension in time of 59 principal stars to every 10th degree of longitude of the Moon's ascending node.3. Deviation of stars in north polar distance, common to all the stars.4. The...
Dates: 1823
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Evidence of Mr John Brockbank, 1804-03-23

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/25: 260-261
Scope and Contents From the Series: The first part of collection is comprised of papers concerning the internal affairs of the Board of Longitude, including the granting of awards, accounts, minutes, committee papers, petitions and memorials, the loan of instruments, publications and the payment of staff. These are followed by a wide range of papers relating to the Board's work, concerning clocks, chronometers and other instruments; longitude and latitude; magnetic variation; schemes and inventions; tables; pendulum...
Dates: 1804-03-23
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Evidence of Mr Miles Brockbank, 1804-06-07

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/25: 262
Scope and Contents From the Series: The first part of collection is comprised of papers concerning the internal affairs of the Board of Longitude, including the granting of awards, accounts, minutes, committee papers, petitions and memorials, the loan of instruments, publications and the payment of staff. These are followed by a wide range of papers relating to the Board's work, concerning clocks, chronometers and other instruments; longitude and latitude; magnetic variation; schemes and inventions; tables; pendulum...
Dates: 1804-06-07
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Examination of Mr Best and Mr Frodsham, 1804-03-01

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/25: 258-259
Scope and Contents From the Series: The first part of collection is comprised of papers concerning the internal affairs of the Board of Longitude, including the granting of awards, accounts, minutes, committee papers, petitions and memorials, the loan of instruments, publications and the payment of staff. These are followed by a wide range of papers relating to the Board's work, concerning clocks, chronometers and other instruments; longitude and latitude; magnetic variation; schemes and inventions; tables; pendulum...
Dates: 1804-03-01
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Examinations of chronometer-makers relative to Earnshaw's claim to a reward, 1803 - 1805

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/25: 247-280
Scope and Contents From the Series: The first part of collection is comprised of papers concerning the internal affairs of the Board of Longitude, including the granting of awards, accounts, minutes, committee papers, petitions and memorials, the loan of instruments, publications and the payment of staff. These are followed by a wide range of papers relating to the Board's work, concerning clocks, chronometers and other instruments; longitude and latitude; magnetic variation; schemes and inventions; tables; pendulum...
Dates: 1803 - 1805
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Extract from Captain Matthew Flinders' memoir on the construction of his charts, 1806-05-19

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/68: 75
Scope and Contents

Copied by Dr Maskelyne from pencil writing in Flinders' memoir; with reference made to Australia, Bass Strait and Torres Strait.

Dates: 1806-05-19
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Extract of King's Warrant granting Nevil Maskelyne £70 a year for an assistant, 1771-07-05

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/3/19
Scope and Contents From the File:

Set of documents relating to the Royal Observatory, wrapped in paper marked 'King's warrant of appointment to the Royal Observatory, appointment of visitors and sundry other papers relative to the Royal Observatory'.

Dates: 1771-07-05
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Index to Maskelyne's manuscripts

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/844
Scope and Contents

An undated list of the manuscripts of Nevil Maskelyne, containing 35 entries.

Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Inventories of Manuscripts, 1911

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 38
Scope and Contents

Inventories of the printed works (No. I) and manuscripts (Nos II-III) of Nevil Maskelyne presented to the Greenwich Observatory by Mrs Story-Maskelyne. There is a contents page at the start of each volume.

Dates: 1911
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Invitation from James Stuart Mackenzie, 1795-04-24

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/187/20: 1-2
Scope and Contents

An invitation to dinner at the home of James Mackenzie addressed to 'My Dear Tycho' (after the famed astronomer Tycho Brahe). Various calculations and equations cover the letter.

Dates: 1795-04-24
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Journal of a voyage from England to Barbados in his Majesty's ship Princess Louisa, under Captain Norwood and Admiral Tyrell, 1761 - 1764

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/321: 7v-43r
Scope and Contents The journal covers the period 23 February-7 November 1763 and consists of daily tabulated log entries showing the course of the ship and meteorological conditions on the voyage.A set of additional pages is loosely inserted [RGO 4/321: 14-20], showing a sketch of an unnamed island, possibly Barbados [RGO 4/321: 14], and various computations [RGO 4/321: 15-20] including comparisons of observations from voyages of 1761-1764 to ascertain errors in the quadrant [RGO 4/321: 15]; observations...
Dates: 1761 - 1764
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Journal of voyage to St Helena, 1761-01-21 - 1761-04-06

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/150
Scope and Contents 'Journal of a voyage from England to St Helena, Ship Prince Henry, East India Man, Charles Haggis, Commander' A record of the observations and calculations carried out by the astronomer Nevil Maskelyne on his voyage to the island of St. Helena. It is a mix of rough and neat observations from the journey and opens with tightly-packed calculations and notes to himself. This is followed by neatly set-out tables of daily entries which run from 21 January to 6 April 1761 (when the...
Dates: 1761-01-21 - 1761-04-06
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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King's warrant appointing Nevil Maskelyne 'Our Astronomical Observator in our Observatory at Greenwich', 1765-02-08

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/3/9
Scope and Contents

Royal warrant of appointment, detailing Maskelyne's duties and fixing his salary (£100 plus £26 for an assistant or servant). Signed by the Earl of Sandwich and George III.

Dates: 1765-02-08
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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King's warrant for the augmentation of the salary of the assistant to the Astronomer Royal, 1810-05-01

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/3/27
Scope and Contents

Warrant increasing the salary of the assistant to Nevil Maskelyne, Astronomer Royal at the Royal Observatory Greenwich to £100. Signed by George III.

Dates: 1810-05-01
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Lady Margaret Clive's letters, 1762 - 1917

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/9
Scope and Contents

This series comprises four folders of letters sent by Lady Clive to her brother Nevil Maskelyne, her niece Margaret Maskelyne, and to other family members. The letters span 55 years, from 1762 until Lady Clive's death on 28 Dec. 1817. Many mention astronomy, including sightings of the great comet of 1811.
The series also includes a set of copies of family letters (including some written by Nevil Maskelyne), and notes by Theresa Story-Maskelyne on the letters of Lady Clive.

Dates: 1762 - 1917
Conditions Governing Access: From the Management Group: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).

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London 57
Greenwich 52
Sydney 24
Brockdish 20
Portsmouth 17

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