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Letter from Earl Kitchener to Sir Ernest Wilton, 1909-03-27

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 22/28

Scope and Contents

A letter from Horatio Kitchener to Sir Ernest Wilton, then British Commissioner, Tibet Trade Regulations, regarding the gift of a Chinese vase and Kitchener's collection.


  • Creation: 1909-03-27


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Biographical / Historical

Horatio Herbert Kitchener (1850-1916), 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum and Broome, was born on 24 June 1850 at Crotter House, Ballylongford, co. Kerry. He attended the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, and received a commission in the Royal Engineers in 1871. Kitchener was made second-in-command of the Egyptian cavalry in 1882, and Governor-General of Eastern Sudan in 1886. He was appointed Adjutant-General of the Egyptian Army in 1888, and helped to defeat the dervishes at Toska in 1889. During 1892-1896 Kitchener prepared the Egyptian army for the conquest of Sudan. He became Governor-General of Sudan in 1899, and completed the pacification of the country. In 1899 he was appointed Chief of Staff to Lord Roberts in South Africa. He was Commander-in-Chief against the Boers, 1900-1902. Kitchener was Commander-in-Chief in India, 1902-1909, and the British agent and Consul-General in Egypt, 1911. He became Secretary of State for War in 1914. He died in June 1916 following the sinking of H.M.S. 'Hampshire' off the Orkneys.


4 page(s) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MSS 11c99K

Other Finding Aids

Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 45.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Mrs Norman Edwards, 1972.

Related Materials

The R.C.S. Manuscripts Collection includes a photograph of Earl Kitchener, RCMS 63/29. The R.C.S. Photograph Collection includes photographs of Earl Kitchener.


This collection level description was created by RAS using information from Donald Simpson's R.C.S. catalogue. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Earl Kitchener in H.W.C. Davis and J.R.H. Weaver, eds, 'Dictionary of national biography', 1912-1921 (Oxford University Press, 1927), pp. 306-314.


Kitchener, Horatio Herbert, 1850-1916, 1st Earl Kitchener of Khartoum and Broome

Finding aid date

2003-12-17 14:54:53+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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