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Miscellaneous papers of Robert Kirk Dickson chiefly associated with his military career., [Circa 1914]-1939.

Identifier: MS.13586

Scope and Contents

The contents are as follows:

(i) Photograph of H.M.S. Canopus leaving Valetta, [?December 1914] (folio 1);

(ii) Sketch map of naval action in the North Sea, 24 January 1915 (folio 8);

(iii) 'Account of the Engagement with the German High Seas Fleet off the Jutland Bank May 31st 1916', by Midshipman Robert Kirk Dickson, dated H.M.S. Benbow, 18 June 1916, with a typescript carbon copy of the same (folio 3);

(iv) Unsigned typescript 'Report of Midshipman J.H. Lloyd Owen, H.M.S. Queen Mary' concerning the Battle of Jutland, 5 June 1916 (folio 34);

(v) Typescript carbon copy of an account of the Battle of Jutland by Petty Officer Francis, one of the survivors of H.M.S. Queen Mary, headed “Impressions of a Gunner's Mate at Jutland”, 1916 (folio 37);

(vi) Typescript 'Account of the action of November 17th, 1917' by Robert Kirk Dickson, dated H.M.S. Umpire, 20 November 1917 (folio 49);

(vii) Printed map of Sebastopol, 25 September 1854, with a manuscript insertion showing the position of H.M.S. Superb, November-December 1918 (folio 55);

(viii) Letter, 18 August 1923, of Robert Kirk Dickson at Suva, Fiji, to Hugh Pattison Macmillan (folio 56);

(ix) Typescript carbon copies of four lectures:

(1) 'Lecture on the trade aspect of cruisers. Notes and suggestions prepared by Lieut. Commander R.K. Dickson for Rear Admiral Preston, H.M.S. Cardiff, 1928'; (2) 'Cruiser Lecture, 1928-1929. Further notes and suggestions (Meat)'; (3) 'Cruiser Lecture, 1928-1929. Further notes and suggestions (Merchant Service)'; (4) 'Cruisers. Introductory remarks' (folio 59);

(x) Letter, 5 July 1934, of Admiral of the Fleet Roger John Brownlow Keyes to Robert Kirk Dickson concerning Dickson's Canopus diary; see MSS. 13563-13567 (folio 86);

(xi) Typescript lecture: 'A personal memoir of Lord Jellicoe. By R.K. Dickson', November 1935 (folio 88);

(xii) Letter, 28 November 1935, of Florence Gwendoline, Countess Jellicoe, to Robert Kirk Dickson, enclosing biographical notes concerning her husband (folio 91);

(xiii) “Notes supplied by Commander R.K. Dickson to Mr Stanley Baldwin, Prime Minister, for the latter's speech in the House of Commons, 12th December 1935, on the occasion of Lord Jellicoe's death, and relative correspondence”, including correspondence of the Countess Jellicoe, notes of conversations with Admiral Sir Lionel Halsey, Admiral Sir Reginald Bacon, Reginald McKenna, the Bishop of London, Sir Cecil Day and the Deputy Master of Trinity House, and a copy of a letter, 3 May 1927, of Earl Jellicoe to Dickson (folio 96);

(xiv) Printed order of service for the funeral of Earl Jellicoe, 25 November 1935 (folio 139);

(xv) Typescript carbon copy of the broadcast, 26 June 1936, by Commander Robert Kirk Dickson to the children of Northern Ireland, Belfast (folio 145);

(xvi) Letter, 25 September 1939, of Evelyn Loetitia Dickson to her father, Major Campbell Mucklow (folio 146).


  • Creation: [Circa 1914]-1939.

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147 Leaves

Language of Materials

From the Fonds: Undetermined


147 folios.

Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

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