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Sir Samuel Rowe’s papers on the Volta Expedition, 1873 - 1874

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 131/13

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

This collection is composed of archives relating to Glover’s government of Lagos and the Volta campaign during the Second Anglo-Asante War.


  • Creation: 1873 - 1874


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Biographical / Historical

Samuel Rowe, (1835-1888), joined the army medical staff in 1862, and was appointed to Lagos. In addition to serving as colonial surgeon, he became Judicial Assessor in the Chief Magistrate's Court and a Slave Commissioner. He also practised as a colonial surgeon. After leave in England, Rowe returned to West Africa in 1867, first serving at Cape Coast Castle and then moving to Lagos in 1869, where he held a medical appointment and acted as Magistrate and Clerk of the Council. He was promoted to the rank of surgeon-major in 1873. Rowe served as Glover’s Chief of Staff during the Volta Expedition, playing a significant role in obtaining the support of the Yoruba people.


2 volume(s) (2 vols.)

Language of Materials



Rowe, Sir Samuel, 1835-1888, Knight, Army Surgeon Major and Colonial Governor

Finding aid date

2014-01-08 14:30:59+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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