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

 Person

Found in 256 Collections and/or Records:

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Letters sent by Lady Clive vol. 4, 1814 - 1817

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/9/4
Scope and Contents A folder of c.55 letters sent by Lady Clive mainly to her niece, Margaret Maskelyne. Topics include astronomy, politics (including the abdication of Napoleon and events in Spain) and family or domestic matters, including details of family history, and the death of her daughter Margaret Walpole as a result of injury by fire (1814). The letter of 3 Dec. 1814 includes mention of Nevil Maskelyne's 'confrère', Delambre. That of 19 June 1816 refers to the knighthood of William Herschel. That of 17...
Dates: 1814 - 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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Letters sent by Lady Clive vol. I, 1762 - 1805

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/9/1
Scope and Contents A blue folder of c.47 letters sent by Lady Clive to her brothers, Edmund and Nevil Maskelyne, her niece, Margaret Maskelyne, and other family members. The file also includes an index, biographical notes about Lord and Lady Clive, a family tree, a history of two globes kept in the library at Basset Down, and an account of her son and daughter-in-law's arrival in India (1798). Many letters are preceded by a later note on their content. Many discuss astronomy, in which Lady Clive took great...
Dates: 1762 - 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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List of manuscript books and papers of the late Dr Halley, 1765

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/3/17
Scope and Contents

A list of manuscript books and papers of the late Dr Halley which were sent to the Earl of Morton by his daughter Mrs Price; annotated with a note from Nevil Maskelyne stating that he had received them on 25th July.

Dates: 1765
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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List of publications by Maskelyne in 'Philosophical Transactions', 1761-1787., 1761 - 1787

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/320/9: 1
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: 1761 - 1787
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Log book of voyage to Barbados, 1761 - 1764

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/321
Scope and Contents

A log book by Maskelyne of a voyage to Barbados, split into three parts.

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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Log entries for July and 1 August, 1775-07-01 - 1775-08-01

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/58: 180-186
Scope and Contents Log entries for the return journey, travelling via Fayal [Faial] in the Azores to Spithead, near Plymouth, where the ship anchored on 29 July. Entries for the 13-18 July record that when the ship anchored in Fayal Bay Wales went on shore with his instruments to take observations by which he found that the watch was too fast for mean time; he goes on to say that he had a troublesome job of adjusting the instrument [RGO 14/58: 183-183v]. The final entries after landing at Spithead recount how...
Dates: 1775-07-01 - 1775-08-01
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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Maskelyne Book 2

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 35/138
Scope and Contents

An undated photocopy of 'Maskelyne Book 2' entitled 'Presents of my Observations, Papers in the Philosophical Transactions, &c', covering 1775-1803. The book includes the names of people to whom Nevil Maskelyne has arranged to give speeches, including Joseph de Lalande, Sir John Pringle, Charles Mason, Dr Lind and Jean Delambre.

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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Maskelyne notebook: rough drafts of solutions of various astronomical problems, 1750 - 1772

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/66
Scope and Contents

Various rough drafts of the solution of astronomical problems.

Dates: 1750 - 1772
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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Memoranda books of Nevil Maskelyne, 1763 - 1810

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/2
Scope and Contents

A set of 12 memoranda books belonging to the fifth Astronomer Royal, Nevil Maskelyne. All but one cover the period while he was at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

Dates: 1763 - 1810
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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Memorandum book, '1763 Observations at sea', 1763-09-20 - 1763-10-19

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/2/1
Scope and Contents

A record of observations at sea with calculations and notes, including notes on observations of Jupiter's satellites and on his chronometers during his voyage to Barbados [to test John Harrison's chronometer H4].

Dates: 1763-09-20 - 1763-10-19
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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Minutes of the Board of Visitors, 1710 - 1784

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/21
Scope and Contents Minutes of the Council of the Royal Society:14 December 1710: concerning a letter from the Queen, dated 12 December 1710, regarding the formation of a Board of Visitors for the Royal Observatory.30 May 1711: concerning a letter sent to the Revd John Flamsteed.16 October 1711: concerning a meeting with Flamsteed.12 June 1712: ordering a report by a 'Mathematical Instrument maker' on the number and condition of the instruments at the Royal Observatory.4...
Dates: 1710 - 1784
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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Minutes of the Board of Visitors, 1784 - 1830

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/22
Scope and Contents Minutes of the Council of the Royal Society:27 May 1784: resolving that the printing bill for the second volume of the 'Greenwich Observations' be paid.24 June 1784: concerning the King's approval of a proposal for ascertaining the relative situations of the observatories at Greenwich and Paris.29 July 1784: concerning and including a letter from Lieut. General Roy, dated 28 June 1784, on the measurement of a base line. The minutes also cover Visitation...
Dates: 1784 - 1830
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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Miscellaneous astronomical papers, 1835 - 1848

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 6/245
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous papers concerning astronomical matters, including letters from T. Henderson, C.P. Smyth, A. de Morgan, J.R. Hind, J.W. Lubbock, J. Challis, F. Baily and others. The subjects covered include the printing of comet tables; the locations in the 'Philosophical Transactions' of the papers of Flamsteed, Bradley and Maskelyne relating to Greenwich observations; reports on the transit of Mercury, 1832; the occultation of Mercury, 1838; newspaper cuttings of the transit of Mercury in...
Dates: 1835 - 1848
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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Nautical astronomy, 1770 - 1810

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/196
Scope and Contents

A set of loose pages dealing with problems in ascertaining latitude and longitude at sea by observation of the stars, with descriptions, computations and formulae referred to apparent time. There are also sections on finding the Moon's longitude from the nautical ephemeris [RGO 4/196: 1r], the motion of the Sun's image in a Hadley quadrant [RGO 4/196: 2r], and the testing of other people's hypotheses.
It is not known if the papers are foliated in their original order.

Dates: 1770 - 1810
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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Nevil Maskelyne: Personal and Family Papers, 1749 - 1950

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218
Scope and Contents A collection of papers of Nevil Maskelyne and letters relating to his family, including the extended family (by marriage) of his daughter, Margaret Story-Maskelyne. The collection includes an account and diary of a voyage to India mentioning Nevil Maskelyne and Lord Clive, twelve memoranda books and one account book belonging to Maskelyne, and a catalogue and list of his books. There is also a set of documents relating to the Royal Observatory Greenwich. The letters include...
Dates: 1749 - 1950
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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Note by Nevil Maskelyne concerning the regulations governing his position as Astronomer Royal, 1765

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/3/14
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: 1765
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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Note from a Mrs Ward, Mayfair, 1795-05-16

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/187/21: 1-2
Scope and Contents

The note informs Nevil Maskelyne of the address of a Mrs James. Maskelyne has covered the paper with extensive notes and calculations.

Dates: 1795-05-16
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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Note to Nevil Maskelyne from Mr Shadwell, 1774-03-30

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/3/21
Scope and Contents

Signifying that the Royal Society were to deliver to him 500 copies of the astronomical observations.

Dates: 1774-03-30
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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Notebook containing notes by Theresa Story-Maskelyne on the letters of Lady Clive, 1850 - 1900

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 218/9/6
Scope and Contents

Preceded by a subject index. The notebook includes biographical notes, notes on letters concerning Urania [Uranus] and comets, and extracts of letters on various topics from cats and carpets to Lady Clive's collection of globes.

Dates: 1850 - 1900
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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Notes and tables on various rates of chronometers, 1779 - 1826

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/23: 107-111
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: 1779 - 1826
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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Notes on Maskelyne's account book, 1934

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 16/55
Scope and Contents

Undated notes by H.W.P. Richards on the entries in Nevil Maskelyne's account book for 1767-1816 relating to payments for the computations for the 'Nautical Almanac'.

Dates: 1934
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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Notes on the discovery of Mr Harrison's time-keeper, 1765

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/152: 4-7
Scope and Contents

Prose notes describing the workings of the time-keeper, with comments on making adjustments to it and on its accuracy.

Dates: 1765
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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Notes on the errors of Earnshaw's timekeepers, 1796-01 - 1797-01

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/25: 346-348
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: 1796-01 - 1797-01
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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Notes taken at the discovery of Mr Harrison's time-keeper, 1765

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 4/152
Scope and Contents

Observations on the workings of John Harrison's time-keeper, in two parts.

Dates: 1765
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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Observations, 1758 - 1764

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

A rough copy of observations of major stars made in 1758 and on a voyage of 1764. The volume includes adjustments to the barometer and atmospheric conditions, 1758; calculations of star positions; the longitude of various foreign towns; corrections to the sextant and quadrant; and calculations to discover longitude.

Dates: 1758 - 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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