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F.H.H. Guillemard: Journals and notes

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7783

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of nine volumes of journal entries and notes written during the voyage of the 'Marchesa' and one volume of notes for Guillemard's biography of Ferdinand Magellan. Some of the volumes include lists of letters sent home by Guillemard during his voyage to eastern Asia, China and Japan, which provide a rough itinerary of his journey.


  • Creation: 1882-1893


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Biographical / Historical

Guillemard was part of the crew of the schooner yacht 'Marchesa', which left England in January 1882 on a voyage to eastern Asia. The crew travelled through Ceylon [Sri Lanka], Singapore and Formosa [Taiwan], before visiting Ryukyu (Okinawa) during June 1882. They proceeded to Japan (July-August 1882); Kamschatka, including Bering Island (August-September 1882); Japan, for a second visit (October 1882-January 1883); and China and Hong Kong (February-March 1883). From the Philippines, they spent the rest of the year travelling between the different Pacific islands, visiting the Sulu Islands, including Cagayan Sulu and Sulu Island (Jolo Island); British North Borneo (Sabau), including Sandakan, Kudat, Labuan, Brunei and Sarawak; Malacca; Batavia; Sumbawa; Celebes, including Macassar (Makassar) and Gorontalo; The Moluccas (Maluku Islands), including Ternate, Batchian, Amboina (Ambon), Banda and the Aru Islands; and New Guinea. The crew voyaged home during the early months of 1884, passing through Singapore, Penang and Colombo, before reaching Southampton on 14 April 1884. Guillemard recorded his experiences in 'The Cruise of the Marchesa to Kamschatka and New Guinea, with Notices of Formosa, Liu-Kiu, and Various Islands of the Malay Archipelago', but chose to omit his time in Japan from the account, preferring to focus on less-known lands and islands.


1 archive box(es) (1 box comprising ten volumes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, circa 1960s/1970s.

Related Materials

MS Add.7957 contains photographs taken by Guillemard during the voyage of the 'Marchesa'. Caius College, Cambridge, holds memoirs, family letters and papers belonging to Guillemard (PPC/GUI), including letters from his travelling in Japan.

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Repository Details

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