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Collection Level Description: Letters home, in form of a travel journal, from Sir William Cecil Bottomley

Reference: GB 0162 MSS.Afr.s.1806
Title: Letters home, in form of a travel journal, from Sir William Cecil Bottomley
Dates of Creation: 1926-1927
Extent: 69 ff.
Name of Creator: Sir William Cecil Bottomley

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Sir William Cecil Bottomley (1878-1954) was educated Tettenhall College; Owens College, Manchester; and Trinity College, Cambridge. His career in the Colonial Office began in 1901 when he was appointed (after competition exam) to the post of 2nd class clerk.

In 1905 he began the first of his secretaryships when he was appointed as secretary to the Colonial Survey Committee. He subsequently held the posts of secretary to the Inter-Departmental Pensions Committee (1907); assistant private secretary to Lord Crewe (1908); and private secretary to Sir F. Hopwood (1909), Colonel Seely (1911), Lord Lucas (1911), and Lord Emmott (1911).

Bottomley was promoted to 1st class clerk in 1913 and principal clerk in 1917. He served as a member of the East African currency board in 1920 and in in 1927 was appointed as Assistant Under­Secretary of State in the Colonial Office. His final official post began in 1938 when was appointed as Senior Crown Agent for the Colonies (1938-1943). Sir Bottomley was awarded the OBE (1918), CMG (1921), CB (1926) and KCMG (1930).

Scope and Content

Letters home, in the form of a travel journal, describing a journey to East Africa, up the Nile and through the Sudan to Khartoum. 1926-1927.

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Listed as no. 903 in Manuscript Collections in Rhodes House Library Oxford, Accessions 1978-1994 (Oxford, Bodleian Library, 1996).

Access Points

Bottomley | William Cecil | 1878-1954 | Sir | Knight Colonial Administrator

Colonial administrators

Great Britain | Colonial Office | Officials and employees

Nile River | Description and travel

Sudan | Description and travel

Khartoum Region (Sudan) | Description and travel

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