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Papers on the Baker family, 1969

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 113/6

Scope and Contents

Papers compiled by Robert Baily concerning Sir Samuel Baker and his family. There is no indication of when the material was written.


  • Creation: 1969


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Biographical / Historical

Robert Edward Hartwell Baily (1885-1973) was born on 6 June 1885 and educated at Harrow and Cambridge. He was a member of the Sudan Political Service, 1909-1932, and Governor of Kassala Province, 1926-1932. Baily was Secretary of the Royal Empire Society, 1935-1938. He died on 19 September 1973. Sir Samuel White Baker (1821-1893), traveller and sportsman, was born on 8 June 1921 in London. He was educated at a private school at Rottingdean, at the College School, Gloucester, and privately at Tottenham, before completing his studies at Frankfurt in 1841. Baker visited Ceylon in 1846 and 1848, and established an English colony at Newera Eliya. He superintended the building of a railway connecting the Danube with the Black Sea in 1859, and travelled in Asia Minor, 1860-1861. In December 1862 Baker embarked on a journey up the Nile. He reached Mbakovia in March 1864, and named the lake there Albert Nyanza. He was knighted in 1866, and that year published an account of his African expedition. He travelled with the Prince of Wales to Egypt and the Nile in 1869, and was appointed Governor-General of the Equatorial Nile basin for four years. He died on 30 December 1893 at Sandford Orleigh, near Newton Abbot.


1 folder(s) (1 folder) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MSS 42c99b

Other Finding Aids

Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 81.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by R.E.H. Baily, 1969.

Related Materials

The R.C.S. Manuscripts Collection includes other material relating to Sir Samuel Baker, RCMS 113/7, 113/8 and 113/11.


This collection level description was created by RAS using information from the original typescript catalogue. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Robert Baily in 'Who was who', vol. VII, 1971-1980 (London, 1981), pp. 37, and the entry on Sir Samuel Baker in Sidney Lee, ed., 'Dictionary of national biography', vol. XXII (London, 1909), pp. 101-105.


Baily, Robert Edward Hartwell, 1885-1973, colonial administrator

Finding aid date

2004-01-16 11:37:34+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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