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William Roy (1726-90)

Cherbourg, 1758

[A written report from William Roy to Col. Robert Napier, addressed from Portsmouth on 3 July 1758, giving a summary of the return of the Cancale/St Malo expedition from the coast of France between 21 June and 1 July.] c.1758

Pen and ink on one sheet of paper folded in half to give four pages; text on three sides only | 32.6 x 41.1 cm (sheet; folded to 32.6 x 20.1 cm) (whole object) | RCIN 732066.b

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A report to Col. Robert Napier to accompany the map at RCIN 732066.a. Seven Years War (1756-63).

Napier (1703?-66) was ADC and military secretary to Cumberland and had been in charge of the secret service in Scotland during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745-6. It is possible that he met Roy in Scotland in the late 1740s.

  • William Roy (1726-90) (author)

  • Watermark: Pro Patria; countermark: the crowned monogram GR, wreath to each side, all within a circle

    Mark, stamped: 850

    Condition: six fold lines; torn along most of the length of the central vertical fold

  • 32.6 x 41.1 cm (sheet; folded to 32.6 x 20.1 cm)

  • Assigned title:

    [A written report from William Roy to Col. Robert Napier, addressed from Portsmouth on 3 July 1758, giving a summary of the return of the Cancale/St Malo expedition from the coast of France between 21 June and 1 July.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Cherbourg 29-30 June 1758.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top left, black pencil, erased:] Cherbourg; [top right, black pencil:] [?]3. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil, in Mason's hand?:] VIII/58 [the 8 has been crossed out in black pencil and a ‘7’ substituted].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Cherbourg A drawn Plan and three views of the Town and Environs of Cherbourg, relative to the attempt against that place under the command of the Duke of Marlborough, on the 29.th and 30.th of June 1758: by W.m Roy, with his letter giving an Account of the Expedition and inclosing the order of the day of the 29.th of June 1758.

  • Probably from the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)

     

  • Subject(s)

    Cherbourg-Octeville, Basse-Normandy, France (49°38'23"N 01°36'58"W)

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