Authorised form of nameMarsden; William (1754 - 1836)
Dates1754 - 1836
Place of birthVerval, County Wicklow, Ireland
Date of birth16 November 1754
Date of death06 October 1836
Dates and placesBurial:
Kensal Green cemetery, London
DCL (1786)
Worked for the HEIC (1770); Secretary to the government of Sumatra (for 8 years during the 1770s); established an East India agency business, Gower Street, London; Secretary to the Admiralty until his resignation (1795-1807); friend of Sir Joseph Banks
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election23/01/1783
Royal Society activityRoyal Society roles:
Treas 1802-1810; VP 1803-1810
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
R W Home, 'The Royal Society and the Empire: the colonial and Commonwealth Fellowship. Part 1. 1731-1847' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 307-332
D Carr Agnew, 'Robert Fitzroy and the myth of 'Marsden Square': Transatlantic rivalries in early marine meteorology' in NR 2004 vol 58 pp 21-46
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA1559
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/002981Marsden, Williamnd
EC/1782/10Marsden, William: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MM/6/6Letter from Sir Joseph Banks, Soho Square, to Wiliam Marsden5 January 1808
MM/6/13Letter from Sir Joseph Banks, Soho Square, to William Marsden25 May 1794
CB/1/5/9Letter from W Marsden, Aldenham, Herts to Charles Blagden, Paris28 November 1817
CB/1/5/8Letter from W Marsden, Aldenham, Herts to Charles Blagden, Paris31 October 1817
RSL/1/27Letter from William Marsden, London, to Sir Joseph Banks30 April 1783
L&P/10/38Letter, 'Account of the method of making ice at Benares [Varanasi, India]' from John Lloyd William to William Marsden25 March 1792
MC/1/321Letter from Daniel Lysons, Ryde, to the Royal Society25 July 1831
L&P/7/207Letter, 'Phenomena observed in the island of Sumatra' from William Marsden to Joseph Banks24 February 1781
L&P/9/99Paper, 'On the era of the Mohometans called the Hejerà' by William Marsden1788
MC/1Volume 1 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1800-1831
L&P/9/175Paper, 'On the chronology of the Hindoos' by William Marsden1790
L&P/10/46Letter, 'Additional observations on the making of ice at Benares [Varanasi, India]' from John Lloyd Williams to William Marsden1 October 1792
L&P/10/33Letter, 'Further particulars respecting the observatory at Benares [Jantar Mantar, Varanasi, India] ' from John Lloyd Williams to William Marsden23 March 1792
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