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Collection Level Description: Letter from Colonel R.G. Kekewich

Reference: GB 0162 MSS. Afr. r. 270
Title: Letter from Colonel R.G. Kekewich
Dates of Creation: 1900
Extent: 4 ff.

Language of Material: eng



Administrative/Biographical History

Major-General Robert George Kekewich (1854-1914), CB (1900) entered the Army in 1874. Following involvement in the Ndebele War of 1896, he was made a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Loyal North Lancashires in 1898 and was in charge of the defence of Kimberley, 1899-1900, during the South African War. He was promoted to Major-General in 1902.

Scope and Content

Autograph letter, 27th February 1900, to Sir Alfred Milner from Colonel R.G. Kekewich, commander of the garrison during the siege of Kimberley, lamenting and defending his position following criticism and noting Cecil Rhodes's opposition to him.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The letter was purchased from Argyll Etkin Ltd. in June 2002.

Access Conditions

Bodleian reader's ticket required.

Reproduction Restrictions

No reproduction or publication of personal papers without permission. Contact the library in the first instance.

Further Information

Finding Aids

The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.

Related Units of Description

Papers of R.G. Kekewich relating to the Ndebele rebellion, 1896, comprising special orders, itinerary of route from Macloustie to Bulawayo, orders for marching parties and maps (ref. MSS. Afr. t. 20).

Access Points

Kekewich | Robert George | 1854-1914 | Major General

Rhodes | Cecil John | 1853-1902 | imperialist and benefactor

Kimberley (South Africa) | History | Siege, 1899-1900

South African War, 1899-1902 | Personal narratives, British


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