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Fitzroy, Robert, 1805-1865 (hydrographer and meteorologist)

 Person

Biography

Robert Fitzroy (1805-1865), vice-admiral, hydrographer and meteorologist, was the second son of Lord Charles Fitzroy (1764-1829) and Frances Anne Stewart (d. 1810), daughter of the 1st Marquess of Londonderry. He served on several ships in the Mediterranean and South America, and was promoted in 1828 to command of the brig 'Beagle'. He was employed on the survey of Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and the Straits of Magellan. A second survey voyage, 1831-1836, included Charles Darwin as naturalist. Fitzroy's sister Frances (1803-1878) married George Rice Trevor (1795-1869), who succeeded as 4th Lord Dynevor in 1852.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

 Series

Letter from Robert Fitzroy to G.A. Hamilton, 19 Jan. 1863

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8856/258
Scope and Contents

In 1861, Hamilton asked him a question about weather, which he noticed in a report for 1862; sends a copy of his private Bluebook

Dates: 19 Jan. 1863
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: 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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Robert Fitzroy: Correspondence

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8853
Scope and Contents The collection is comprised of a total of 75 letters. Nos 1-54 are comprised of letters from Fitzroy to his father, his brother George Fitzroy, and his sisters Emily Fitzroy and Frances Rice Trevor, 1816-1843, including some correspondence between his siblings. They include long descriptions of topography, local events and people, naval matters, and progress of the survey. Many were written from ships and ports of call in the Mediterranean and South America, including nos 39-52, written by...
Dates: 1816-1852
Conditions Governing Access: 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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