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Documents regarding Grenada, 1767 - 1964

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 240/16

Scope and Contents

Letters and papers concerning Grenada written by Robert Melville and others and an edition of 'Royal Commonwealth Society Library notes' concerning Melville and this collection.


  • Creation: 1767 - 1964


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Biographical / Historical

Robert Melville (1723-1809) was born on 12 October 1723. He attended the grammar school at Leven and Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities. He became ensign in the 25th Foot in 1744, with which he served in Flanders. He was made captain in 1751, and major in 1756. Melville became Lieutenant-Governor of Guadeloupe in 1759, and Governor in 1760. He was governor of the ceded islands, 1763-1770. He died on 29 August 1809.


1 folder(s) (1 folder) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MSS 771

Other Finding Aids

Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 142.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The provenance of the collection is unknown.


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 Robert Melville in Sidney Lee, ed., 'Dictionary of national biography', vol. XIII (London, 1909), pp. 246-247.


Melville, Robert, 1723-1809, General and antiquary

Finding aid date

2004-01-12 11:32:42+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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