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Journal of William Napier

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 217

Scope and Contents

A manuscript journal, a copy, and the script of a broadcast based upon it, with associated correspondence.


  • Creation: 1838-07 - 1967


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Biographical / Historical

Captain (later Colonel) William Craig Emilius Napier (1818-1903) of the 25th Regiment, (later the King's Own Scottish Borderers), accompanied his father Sir George Napier (1784-1855) to the Cape on the latter's appointment as Governor in 1837. Sir George served until 1843.


1 volume(s) : paper

3 file(s)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

Donald H. Simpson, ed., 'The manuscript catalogue of the library of the Royal Commonwealth Society' (London, 1975), p. 123-124.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased 1913.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm: Reel 10.


The material has been microfilmed, and is listed in: 'Africa through western eyes, parts 1 & 2: original manuscripts from the Royal Commonwealth Society Library at Cambridge University Library - a listing and guide to the microfilm collection' (2000), Adam Matthew Publications Ltd.

Professor Winifred Maxwell, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, was supplied with a microfilm and produced a typed transcript and also broadcast a talk on the journal on the South African Broadcasting Corporation, 1 October 1957. An amended version of this was issued as ‘The Napier Journal’, The Royal Commonwealth Society, Library Notes, New Series no. 11 (November 1957), p.1-3.


This collection level description was created by WS and MJC.


Napier, William Craig Emilius, 1818-1903, Major General

Includes index.
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Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

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