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Gibraltar Military List & Social Register

Gibraltar Military List & Social Register by ADYE, Sir John; Arthur Edward Hardinge  [etc] (1883)

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Author: ADYE, Sir John; Arthur Edward Hardinge [etc]
Title: Gibraltar Military List & Social Register
Year: 1883
Publisher: Unpublished
Place: Gibraltar
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From the governor's residence in Gibraltar, a manuscript record of British colonial officials, staff, naval and army officers in the Crown Colony which was used by the Governor's household as a social register for entertaining Gibraltar's elite and prestigious visitors, including the second in line to the British throne, Prince Albert Victor. An additional pleasure of the manuscript is that it includes a page-long listing of the officers of the 'Royal Dublin Fusiliers' who were stationed in the colony in 1884-5 with whom served the fictional Major Brian Tweedy, father of James Joyce's Molly Bloom who remembers her time with her father in Gibraltar in 1885 (the moment covered by this manuscript) in the famous soliloquy which ends Ulysses: 'Yes I said yes I will Yes.'

The manuscript is written in Army Book 129 (issued '7 Dec 1883 Army Forces Stores') bound in worn half reversed calf over blue paper covered boards (31 × 19cm). The inner hinges are cracked although the binding is sound if delicate. An Index precedes a 'Precedence List made out for H.s E[xcellency]'s Levée of 6.1.83' - an event that would have been presided over by Governor Sir John Adye, the ultimate presumed owner of this volume. This is followed by the Colonial Office's 'Precedency List' starting with The Governor, 'Staff' in a mixture of red and black ink with a series of symbols, possibly relating to their dinner invitation status, alongside positions occupied and, often, their addresses in Gibraltar, annotated regarding redeployment and transfers. There are 62 pages of comprehensive entries with particular interest attending mention of the legendary father and son American consuls with their addresses (p.13) 'Horatio Jones Sprague Esq; John Louis Sprague Esq , Mrs and the Misses, Prince Edwards Road'. The manuscript makes a second start at page 20 when Sir Arthur Hardinge took over from Adye as Governor whose departure is annotated in red ink 'Retired 2 Nov. 86. Sir G Hardynge'.

The social element of the manuscript is signalled in two labels to the covers, on the upper cover 'People to ask' and on the lower cover the tantalising phrase, 'People Dinners and Dates'. This relates to the second section of the manuscript at the back of the book which details dates and invitees to a series of 'Dinners' beginning in December 1884 and concluding in December 1887 by which time Governor Hardynge had taken over. These are written in a very tricky hand, many of the names annotated with a miniscule '2' (presumably a couple) or a cross - meaning unknown. The most prestigious event in the four years covered by this record (1883-1887) involved the visit to Gibraltar of the eldest son of the future Edward VII, Prince Albert Victor who died before his father became king. On 30th March 1887, early in Governor Hardynge's tenure he hosted dinner for: 'Prince Albert Victor, Major Miles... Capt. Hon A Grenville Equerry, Sir H and Lady Temple, Colonel and Mrs Montmorency...' On May 21st the Governor seems to have entertained the young Prince once again along with a large party at a 'Picnic Waterfalls.' A line is drawn across the dinner dates two days before the retirement of Sir John Adye as Governor with an intimate gathering held the night before he left Gibraltar, comprising just '3 Adye girls, Col Layard, Major Dulton, Cap.t Church Ward and Hickson.'

In details the manuscript's military list is as follows:

pp i-iv: Index, and precedence list, 1883 to 1885.

Pages 1–3: Staff (headed by Sir John Adye, Governor of Gibraltar 1883–86) and Naval, also the Colonial Department and Royal Engineers (under Col. P Ravenhill).

Page 4: Royal Artillery under Colonel Holdsworth and officers.

Page 5: East Surrey Regiment under Lt.-Col Bayley, listing officers. This has been scored through in red with a note about their departure.

Page 6: Oxfordshire Light Infantry under Col. J M Bailie, noted they moved to Egypt (they went on to serve with the Nile Expedition under a Lt Scott, who is noted on this page).

Page 7: Royal Dublin Fusiliers, under Lt.-Col Corballis, also transferred to Egypt.

Page 8: Durham Light Infantry, under Lt-Cols Coker and Lee (this was the 2nd Battalion which was sent to the garrison the Mediterranean)

Page 9: Lists the officers in charge of the Commisariat and Transport Dept, and the Ordnance Store Department.

Pages 10–11: The Army Pay Dept, the Chaplain's Dept and Medical staff (under Surgeon Major Troup).

Page 12–13: Consuls by countries, only a handful named including US Consul.

Page 14: Royal Fusiliers under Lt.-Col Fowler Butler.

Page 15: 3rd Battalion, Rifle Brigade under Lt-Col. H C G Dugdale and Colonel C R H Nichol (the latter scored through having moved on). This list also includes Lord Ribblesdale.

Page 16: 1st Battalion, Cheshire Regiment under Colonel L A Carey.

Page 17: General list from 1885 onwards

Page 18: 1st Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment (15th), under Colonel Starke. They stayed in Gibraltar until 1885 before transferring to the West Indies.

Page 20–22: Updated list of staff, Naval and colonial positions.

Page 23: Royal Engineers (with a note to see page 56, with updated details).

Page 24–25: Royal Artillery (see page 54 for updated list)

Page 26–27: Royal Fusiliers, Buena Vista Btn, with a note stating they sailed for Egypt 14th Dec 1885 on board the SS Poonah.

Page 28–29: East Yorkshire Regiment (noted they sailed for West Indies on the "Orontes").

Page 30–31: Cheshire Regiment (noted they sailed for Egypt on the 8th Feb, 1886 on HMS Seraphis)

Page 32–33: Rifle Brigade (3rd Battalion) (Sailed for England June 1866 in HMS Himalaya)

Page 34–35: Commissariat and Ordnance Store.

Page 36–37: Army Pay Dept and Medical Staff.

Page 38: Chaplains Dept.

Page 40–41: General list, includes Naval officers and their ships.

Page 42–43: 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment (9th)—notes they left in 1885 and returned to Gibraltar 27 December 1887.

Page 44–45: 2nd Battalion, King's Own Borderers, under Lt.-Col. C E Hope

Page 46–47: 3rd Battalion, King's Royal Rifles (arrived from Egypt, 11 June 1887).

Page 48–49: South Stafford Regiment (arrived from Egypt 29.6.86)

Page 50–51: Royal West Kent Regiment (arrived from Egypt 15.6.86)

Page 52–53: Royal Irish Rifles (arrived from Halifax, November 1886)

Page 54–55: Royal Artillery

Page 56: Royal Engineers

Page 58–59: General List (continued from page 40)

Page 60–61: 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment, arrived from England 27 December 1887.

Page 62: a few entries from the general list.
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