Heart of Oak

Letters from Admiral Gardner (1742-1809)

Admiral Lord (Alan) Gardner, 1742-1809, was a distinguished naval officer, commander of the Channel Fleet in the war against Napoleon, sometime MP for Plymouth and father of nine children. His surviving 89 letters, recently rediscovered, cover both domestic and family matters as well as the triumphs and tragedies of his long naval career.

This book is a paperback of 206 pages with illustrations, family tree, 89 annotated letters mainly from Admiral Alan Gardner to his sister Dolly, facsimile letters in Gardner's own hand, appendices on 'Admiral Gardner's children', 'Robert Barrie' (his nephew), and author's postscript. Three indices of family members, of ships they served on and a general index complete the book.

Francis Davey, the editor of the letters, is the author of two previous books on medieval pilgrims, including The Itineraries of William Wey published by the Bodleian Library in 2010, and Richard of Lincoln (on this website). He read Classics at Oxford and after teaching for a number of years became the Headmaster of Merchant Taylors' School, London.

Sample Page

Below is a sample image as it appears in the book:

An example of Admial Garner's handwriting
Richard of Lincoln sample page
The letter relates his disappointment in being passed over for promotion.

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