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    Posted 3 years ago

    Phatbuddha
    (220 items)

    Hi everyone, hope you are all doing well.

    I got a great find the other day and have been going though it and finding more n more interesting stuff all belonging to a rear Admiral sir robert arbuthnot and his family.
    il start off with these two letters.

    The first one is from him to his wife Lina MacLeay
    I'm not sure what it say as I can't read the hand writing, the map that comes with it is excellent, it's of the battle of Jutland on 16 of may 1916.
    I've seen maps of this war but he's look a little different.

    The second letter was his last letter ever send, it has been ripped up, some body has written a copy, hopefully you can read on the photo.

    They is a lot of letters from the 1850's all war related.

    They is war Diaries, medals, photos, a round hundred letters all war related.

    they is a lovely autograph book belonging to Lina MacLeay, which has some great drawings, poems and illustrations
    All from the 1850's plus. You can imagine the lifestyle and partying she went to.

    There is letters with Conversations with the King which will be interesting to find out what they say.

    They is a lovely bone or ivory with silver inlay which belong to the family.

    A admittance card from the king and queen for the coronation in 1911.

    Letters about the TT the isle man cycle race as his has a trophy named after him

    There is so much of his stuff all been thrown out for rubbish, I'm glad I could find and save it going for ever as I'm sure his letters n diaries will be interesting.

    I will post more when I can

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    1. OlofZ OlofZ, 3 years ago
      Fantastic map, what a treasure for WWI historians! Quickly reading the letter:
      my Dear Lady Arbuthnot
      I know well that nothing that I can say will be of comfort to you at this time, but I must with this hurried time of ? sympathy.
      Robert was one ? dearest friends. I had for him the deepest respect and admiration as he possessed the strongest sense of duty. He was a most gallant and fine gentleman and a real leader. His loss is a national loss. ? ? ? but he ? as he would have wished and I assure he would ? have you ? for him.
    2. OlofZ OlofZ, 3 years ago
      So Robert Arbuthnot died in the Jutland battle and the letter is to express sympathy to his widow, dated a week after the battle. That's why the map is attached, to show his final battle.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Robert_Arbuthnot,_4th_Baronet
    3. OlofZ OlofZ, 3 years ago
      The letter is probably written by the Commander of HMS Iron Duke, who survived the battle. Robert Arbuthnot died as his ship HMS Defence was sunk during the battle on May 31st 1916.
    4. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 3 years ago
      Wonderful historical correspondence! Lucky it found you to be saved.
    5. Phatbuddha Phatbuddha, 3 years ago
      Thanks for the information olofz
      I will try and post most of his stuff on here when I can.
      There is a lot of it.

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