Markham, John, Admiral, 1761-1827.

The papers of Admiral John Markham include a mixture of official and personal correspondence. There are orders and certificates from the early part of Markham's career, including those while captain of HM ships SPHYNX and CENTAUR. There are also financial records (relating to uniforms, prize money and pay), correspondence relating to the Nore mutiny, as well as legal opinions, prize money and papers relating to Markham's own court martial in 1782.

The collection also includes a substantial amount of correspondence from various flag officers, including Admirals Murray, Vashon, Keith and Stanhope among others, and 150 letters from St Vincent while the latter was First Lord and Markham also sat on the Admiralty Board. Also included is correspondence from various naval captains and lieutenants, all arranged alphabetically, together with correspondence from other public and non-naval figures and a quantity of Admiralty correspondence covering such subjects as appointments, ship dispositions and material relating to the various naval enquiries including ship timber and construction, manning, pay, pensions and naval stores.

The papers also include family and personal correspondence. There are letters from Markham's father William (Archbishop of York), his mother Sarah, his wife Maria and other members of the Markham family. There are also letters from friends including Lord Mark Kerr and the Earl of Mansfield together with estate papers and various maps, charts and sketches.

Record Details

Item reference: MRK/100-111; REG11/000492
Catalogue Section: Personal collections
Date made: 1776-1890; 1776-
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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