Arbuthnot, Sir Robert Keith, Rear-Admiral, 1864-1916.

The collection consists of the papers of Rear-Admiral Sir Robert Keith Arbuthnot (1864-1916), and his wife Lina Macleay, daughter of Colonel A.C. Macleay of the Seaforth Highlanders.

Brief description:
Robert Arbuthnot:
1. 15 journals and diaries for 1885-1886, 1899, 1902-1904 and 1907-1913, which include journals kept aboard HMS ACTIVE in the West Indies in 1885/6 and HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN off Malta in 1899. His 1910 diary includes his reflections on an inflammatory anti-German speech he delivered to the AutoCycle Union in January 1910 and associated news cuttings.
2. ‘Details and station bill of HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN’ book with manuscript notes, 1899: presumed to be an early version of his Details and Stations for a Battleship [REG13/000432.40].
3. Notebook containing notes on the technical specifications of HMS NORTHUMBERLAND, SALAMIS, AMETHYST and ACTIVE, 1881-1885.
4. 13 photographs of Arbuthnot, Frederick A. Whitehead, Royal Navy ships, group portraits aboard ships, motor cars, sports teams and trophies, and a race run by Arbuthnot and a colleague as a result of a bet made as junior lieutenants 20 years earlier, 1880s-1910s.

Lina Arbuthnot:
1. 39 diaries, 1886-1924, which include details of Arbuthnot’s career.
2. Photograph of Lina in leather case.

Record Details

Item reference: ARB; REG13/000432
Catalogue Section: Personal collections
Level: COLLECTION
Date made: 1881-1924
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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