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'The North West Passage'

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 5

Scope and Contents

'The North West Passage and the fate of Sir John Franklin', 104 pages, including extracts from documents and several pages of appendices. The manuscript draws on published sources and is expanded from a lecture given at the Soldier's Institute, Woolwich.


  • Creation: 1860


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Biographical / Historical

James Alexander Browne (1838-1914) was a member of the Royal Artillery Band, 1848-1870. He was Bandmaster of the Royal Horse Artillery Band, 1871-1878, and the South Metropolitan Schools, 1878-1900, and Director of Music at the Royal Court Theatre, 1880-1881. He edited the 'British Musician', 1895-1898, the 'British Bandsman', 1899-1900, and the 'Orchestral Times', 1901 et seq. Browne composed music, and was the author of 'England's artillerymen: an historical narrative of the services of the Royal Artillery' (1865).


0.003 cubic metre(s) (1 folder)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MSS 1a8

Other Finding Aids

Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 50.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The provenance of the collection is unknown.


The work was printed and published by W.P. Jackson at Woolwich in 1860.


This collection level description was created by RAS. The biographical history was compiled with reference to Henry Farmer, 'History of the Royal Artillery Band, 1762-1953' (London, 1954).


Browne, James Alexander, 1838-1914, composer

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